ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has named South Dakota State men’s cross country athlete Trent Lusignan (Shakopee, Minn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Denver women’s soccer player Kristen Hamilton (Littleton, Colo.) as the Female Athlete of the Month for November.
Lusignan collects his first career Athlete of the Month award after capturing The Summit League Cross Country Championships title on Nov. 2 with a time of 24:49.42 in the 8k race. South Dakota State won its second-straight league title. He then went on to place 12th at NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 23 crossing the 10k race finish line in 30:18.8, earning him All-American honors. His 12th-place finish marked the third-best men’s finish in league history. He also placed second at the Midwest Regionals with a 10k time of 30:30.3, helping the Jackrabbits to a 10th-place team finish. After winning the league’s individual title, Lusignan was named Championship MVP and First Team All-Summit. A three-time Athlete of the Week honoree this season, he was also named a USTFCCCA All-Region performer on Nov. 19 and was recently named The Summit League Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Hamilton earns her second Athlete of the Month honor this season after leading Denver to The Summit League Women’s Soccer Championship title and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In the 3-0 win over Fort Wayne on Nov. 8, the senior forward scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 42nd minute. In the Nov. 10 championship match win over North Dakota State, she scored two goals and assisted Nicholette DiGiacomo’s eventual game-winner in the 10th minute of the match. Her four goals, one assist and nine points earned her Tournament MVP honors and a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Hamilton was named The Summit League’s Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first NCAA Division I athlete to be named Player of the Year in three different conferences. She was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team and to the Women’s Soccer All-Summit League Academic Team. Recently, Hamilton was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and was named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America First Team. She led the league this season in goals (14), assists (12) and points (40) and finished her career as Denver’s all-time career points (138) and goals (51) leader.
Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Zach Bolden, Denver, soccer; Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne, basketball; Tony Carroll, IUPUI, swimming & diving; Taylor Braun, North Dakota State, basketball; Garret Covington, Western Illinois, basketball.
Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Amanda Hyde, Fort Wayne, basketball; Alexis Meeks, IUPUI, volleyball; Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State, basketball; Ashley Luke, Western Illinois, basketball.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.