Vogel wins Jones Award

KANSAS CITY — Brent Vogel capped a decorated career with yet another prestigious honor.

The Central Missouri senior, and a Helias High School graduate, won the Ken B. Jones Award on Thursday night, an honor bestowed upon the top male student-athlete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Central Missouri soccer player Kayla Shain won it on the women’s side.

The award, which is in its 20th year, is named in honor of the man who served 16 years as the MIAA’s first full-time commissioner. He retired in 1997 and passed away in 2004.

A 16-member panel of athletic directors, administrators, faculty members and sports information directors — one representative from each MIAA school — selected the finalists. The winners were announced at the MIAA Awards Ceremony on Thursday at the Kansas City Public Library-Plaza Branch.

Each nominee was judged in four areas: 2012-13 athletic accomplishments, 2012-13 academic accomplishments, 2012-13 campus/community service and career athletic, academic and service achievements.

To be nominated, student athletes must also have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and must have completed at least their junior season of eligibility in the 2012-13 academic year.

Vogel is a two-time national champion and eight-time All-American for the Mules’ track and field team.

He captured the national crown in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March with a national record of 5,760 points, thus earning him the National Field Athlete of the Year award from the United States Track and Field and Cross County Coaches Association.

Off the field, Vogel carries a 3.77 grade point average in biology. He is a three-time All-Academic honoree by the USTFCCCA, a three-time MIAA Academic Honor Roll member and a three-time MIAA Scholar-Athlete.

Vogel served as co-president of the UCM Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, has been an active member of the Mule and Jennies Literary team that travels to local elementary schools and was a volunteer at middle-school track meets in Warrensburg.

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