In April 29 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
A senior from Jamestown was named Lindsey Wilson College's senior student-athlete of the year at the college's honors convocation last week and has also been named Mid-South Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Lindsey Wilson senior Krista Burton, a member of the Lindsey Wilson College's women's golf team, earned the college's honor for her academic, athletic and civic achievements throughout her career, according to the college.
“It is an honor to be named Lindsey Wilson's senior student-athlete of the year and especially the Mid-South Conference scholar athlete of the year,” Burton said.
“Krista has always demonstrated the characteristics that make her worthy of the title, Lindsey Wilson College Student-Athlete of the Year,” LWC athletics director Willis Pooler said. “She is a true student-athlete and we congratulate her.”
Burton said golf has always been there for her and taken her a long way in life.
“But to be honored also for the academic portion is important to me,” she said. “LWC has been so gracious to me.”
Burton, a former state champion golfer at Russell County High School, is a three-time NAIA All-American and a three-time All Mid-South Conference performer in women’s golf.
She captured the 2007 NAIA Individual National Championship while leading the Blue Raiders to a national runner-up finish.
Last year she also earned Mid-South Conference Player of the Year honors.
Burton has helped the Blue Raiders to three straight NAIA National Tournaments and four straight MSC regular season titles.
She also owns a program-record of 16 individual tournament titles.
In the classroom, Burton has been a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, which is reserved for juniors and seniors, and a three-time Academic All Mid-South Conference Scholar Athlete, for sophomores and above.
Burton owns a cumulative grade point average of 3.95 on a 4.0 scale.
The Mid-South Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was voted on by the MSC institution’s faculty athletic representative and awarded to one senior from the eight conference institutions.
“Krista is an outstanding student, athlete and individual and is very deserving of this prestigious award,” Pooler said. “This award celebrates the culmination of her contributions and dedication to her team, our department and to Lindsey Wilson College.”
Burton said she plans to take the law school admission test this summer and also plans to participate in some professional tournaments as well.
“I want to see where I stand, professionally,” she said.
Burton is the daughter or Jackie and Wendy Burton of Jamestown.
“We're very proud of her and all of her accomplishments,” said her mother, Wendy.
This story includes information provided by the Lindsey Wilson public information office.