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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 | Men's Soccer
Eastern Illinois? Gartner Named to Lowe?s Senior CLASS Award List
The award, given annually to senior student-athletes across nine NCAA Division I sports, has become one of the most prestigious honors in college athletics.
The candidates were selected based on their dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award is distinctive from many other honors in that on-the-field performance is only one factor in determining candidacy a major emphasis is placed on off-the-field commitments and personal character.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2008
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.
The award was conceived by sportscaster
Chairman, and has recognized winners in men’s and women’s basketball for seven years.
Gartner was the lone candidate chosen from the Missouri Valley Conference this year.
On the field he is a four-year starter for an EIU team that has posted 31 victories during his career. He is the program’s active leader with 17 career assists, moving into ninth place on the EIU all-time list this season. The
In the classroom, Gartner entered his senior year with a cumulative 3.68 GPA while majoring in finance. He is a two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and MVC First Team Scholar Athlete honoree. Last winter, he was also selected as a Second Team Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Gartner has participated in men’s soccer’s multiple community outreach programs. Those activities include: coaching youth teams and working camps and clinics; assisting with Market Day and the annual chili dinner at area schools; and taking part in elementary school visits during which student-athletes read to and interacted with the children.
Gartner’s family has also maintained a strong presence in the program. His parents,
Gartner was a Second Team All-MVC and NSCAA Third Team All-Region selection last season. He was also named to the Preseason All-MVC Team last month.
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