Senior center fielder Mallory Duran-Sellers
April 4, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Southern Illinois outfielder Mallory Duran-Sellers has been named one of the top 10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced today.
Duran-Sellers is one of the elite players to make the list of NCAA softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The senior co-captain has started every game this season in center field for the Salukis and holds a team-high .398 batting average.
She also leads the team with 35 hits and 25 walks drawn while driving in four doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI.
A native of Windsor, Colo., Duran-Sellers is a 2011 Academic All-American, an NFCA/Lousiville Slugger Mideast All-Region first team honoree and a two-time All-MVC and MVC Scholar-Athlete selection. She also holds a 4.0 GPA in English education and was named among SIU's 25 Most Distinguished Seniors for 2012.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website through May 14.
Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I softball head coaches' votes to determine the winner. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Women's College World Series, which will be held May 31 through June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To view Duran-Seller's nomination and to vote, please visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Valerie Arioto, Pitcher/First Base, California
Katelyn Boyd, Shortstop, Arizona State
Mallory Duran-Sellers, Outfield, Southern Illinois
Julie Fernandez, First Base, Lehigh
Ashley Hansen, Shortstop, Stanford
Michelle Moultrie, Centerfield, Florida
Christi Orgeron, Utility, Louisiana
Cassie Reilly-Boccia, Outfield/First Base, Alabama
Stephanie Ricketts, Pitcher, Hawaii
Niki Williams, Utility, Washington