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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward presented the conference's annual honors on Wednesday at the National Corvette Museum.

The awards ceremony is part of the conference's annual summer meetings -- which includes administrative and coaches meetings, professional development and conference and NAIA updates -- held in Bowling Green.

A quartet of student-athletes and five administrators were presented with individual honors. The Cumberland (Tenn.) athletic training staff and the Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) athletics department were also recognized for their achievements during the 2016-17 academic year.

For the sixth straight year, Lindsey Wilson captured the Mid-South Conference President's Cup.

Lindsey Wilson scored 119 points out of a possible 120 points in the all-sports competition -- the most in the history of the President's Cup. Lindsey Wilson scored a perfect 60 points on the women's side, while garnering 59 points in men's sports. Points are awarded based on the final regular season standings for each conference-sanctioned sport. The regular season champion in each sport receives 10 points with second place receiving nine points, etc. At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the top six male and top six female team finishes for each institution will generate the institution's overall totals.

 "Congratulations to Dr. Bill Luckey, Willis Pooler, the coaching staff and the student-athletes at Lindsey Wilson for capturing this year's President's Cup," Ward said. "Lindsey Wilson had a fantastic year and I applaud their efforts for winning the President's Cup in record-breaking fashion."

Life's (Ga.) Jonathan Beausejour and Campbellsville's (Ky.) Kayla Miracle are the Mid-South Conference Student-Athletes of the Year. The awards are selected by a vote of the conference's faculty athletic representatives. Community Trust Bank sponsors the Mid-South Conference Student-Athletes of the Year award.

Beausejour earned second-team All Mid-South Conference for the Life men's basketball team. He also garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All Mid-South Conference honors in 2016-17. He helped the Running Eagles capture the MSC regular season and tournament titles while earning all-tournament team honors and the tournament's hustle award at the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in March. Life finished runner-up at the national tournament.

Miracle has won two international women's wrestling events and two national events this past year, including the 2017 U.S. Open Championship in Las Vegas. She is a two-time Junior World medalist, three-time WCWA national champion and three-time Gold medalist at University Nationals. After winning a Silver Medal at the U.S. Senior Women's Wrestling Freestyle Championship, Miracle earned a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team.

Miracle is not only heavily involved in national and international wrestling events, she is committed to campus activities as well. She is a member of Tuesday Night Live, Baptist Campus Ministries, a resident assistant, First-Class Mentor, Campbellsville athletics Leadership Team member and recently won the SGA Extra Mile Award.

Miracle led Campbellsville to a third-place finish at the NWCA National Duals and WCWA National Championship, while winning her third-straight WCWA National Title.

"Jonathan and Kayla are tremendous student-athletes and outstanding ambassadors for their teams, institutions and the Mid-South Conference," Ward said. "Congratulations to both of our MSC Student-Athletes of the Year for their athletic, academic and civic achievements and for earning this prestigious award."

During the 2016-17 academic year, Mid-South Conference athletic directors selected champions of character representatives for each of the 24 conference-sanctioned sports. The Character First Award presented Forcht Bank winners are selected from those sport recipients.

Campbellsville's Matt Farthing and Brianna Scott are the 2016-17 Character First Award recipients.

"The Mid-South Conference is committed to character-driven athletics," Ward said. "Matt and Brianna are shining examples of what is right in sports and we are proud of their continued efforts, both on and off the field of play, to promote our champions of character program."

Cumberland athletic training staff earned the Athletic Training Staff of the Year as voted on by the Medical Aspects Committee -- made up of the head athletic trainers from each full-member institution.

"Every coach and student-athlete within the Mid-South Conference relies on the dedication and professionalism of our athletic trainers," Ward said. "Congratulations to Katie Arnold and the entire Cumberland athletic training staff for their dedication to their university and for aiding in and serving the athletic training needs of the Mid-South Conference."

Pikeville's (Ky.) Erica Pitt was selected as the 2016-17 Above & Beyond Award recipient.

The award is presented to an athletic trainer for exceptional care and performance in their field. The Above & Beyond Award is also voted on by the Medical Aspects Committee.

"The Mid-South Conference has some of the very best athletic trainers in collegiate athletics," Ward said. "Erica has demonstrated a passion for her profession, not only to the student-athletes at Pikeville, but to student-athletes throughout the conference."

Lindsey Wilson's Willis Pooler was voted by his peers as the Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the Year while Campbellsville's Jordan Alves was selected by his peers as the Bill Sergent Sports Information Director of the Year.

Pooler led the Lindsey Wilson athletic department to the program's seventh MSC President's Cup win and currently has the Blue Raiders second in the Learfield Director's Cup. Lindsey Wilson athletics won nine regular-season titles and nine conference championships during the season. Fourteen Lindsey Wilson teams competed at their respective NAIA National Championships in 2016-17.

The honor is Pooler's fifth MSC Athletic Director of the Year award.

Alves leads the Campbellsville media efforts for 28 varsity athletic programs. In 2016-17, Campbellsville teams won five Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles while participating in 21 team national championships. The honor is the first for Alves.

The award is named after former Cumberlands' (Ky.) sports information director Bill Sergent, who served as the university's SID for 24 years.

"Willis and Jordan are very deserving of their respective honors," Ward said. "Willis is an outstanding leader and a valued member of the Mid-South Conference Administrative Council. Jordan continues to excel in promoting Campbellsville and Mid-South Conference athletics. Congratulations to both of these talented individuals for their service to their institutions and their professions."

Life's Keith Adkins and Steve Wilcosky received the Mid-South Conference Coaching for Significance Award presented by Forcht Bank.

Adkins led the Life men's basketball team to a national runner-up finish on the heels of winning the Mid-South's regular season and tournament titles. He earned MSC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year, as voted on by his peers, after leading the Running Eagles to a 26-win season.

"Keith is a dynamic leader," Life athletics director Jayme Pendergast said. "He has made a tremendous impact in such a short period of time within our men's basketball program. Keith instilled a value system that prioritized accountability and hard work, as well as supporting a community larger than just basketball. He is very deserving of the Mid-South's Coaching for Significance Award."

Wilcosky led the Life volleyball team to a 20-win season in the program's second year of existence in 2016. The Running Eagles reached the Mid-South Conference Tournament semifinals before falling to the eventual tournament champion.

"Steve has made a significant impact on our very young program," Pendergast said. "He is one of those individuals that strive to be better, and makes others better every day. Steve is a coach that puts as much thought and effort into leading his student-athletes off the court as he does leading them on the court. Like Keith, is very deserving of this honor."

The conference meetings -- which began on Tuesday night with administrative council meeting -- continue through Friday in Bowling Green.