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SAAC Hands Out Monthly Awards for October

Women's corss country's Mara Smith, the SAAC Female Athlete of the Month for October, was named All-Southern Conference in 2011.

Nov. 10, 2011

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today announced men's golf's J.T. Poston and women's cross country's Mara Smith as the Male and Female SAAC Players of the Month for October. Also, women's basketball player Caitlin Hollifield was named SAAC Spotlight Athlete for October.

Each month a player in season will be chosen that has had the best statistics and biggest impact on the team. SAAC Player of the Month is presented to the male and female Student-Athlete is voted on by the SAAC members.

Poston recorded two top-10 finishes in the three tournaments for the month of October. He also recorded a career-low round of 66 in the final round of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.

Smith broke and set new school records twice for the 5000m in cross country. She was named All-Southern Conference after placing 10th at the 2011 Southern Conference Championships with a time of 17:35.40.

SAAC Spotlight Athlete of the Month is presented to the male or female Student-Athlete that has excelled in athletics, academics, leadership, and service in their community for the previous month. It is awarded to the athlete that does more than what they are asked on a daily bases and do all they can to improve the image of their team and catamount athletics. It is meant to bring recognition to an athlete for their off the field accomplishments more than their on the field accomplishments. An Athlete can be either in or out of season.

Hollifield is balancing the rigors of student teaching and pre-season basketball workouts and practice. She is making a tremendous impact on her student teaching kids by improved scores and learning and immersing herself in the school and community.