Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University juniors Jason Browhow and Crystal Kelly were named the school’s John O. Oldham Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year. Tuesday’s announcement was made at the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation’s annual membership social at E.A. Diddle Arena’s Hall of Champions.
Browhow, a Lawrenceville, Ga., resident, just completed the outdoor track season at the NCAA Championships, where he qualified for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles after placing third in the event at the NCAA Mideast Regional to earn all-region honors. He also helped the Hilltopper 4x400-meter relay team qualify for the regional meet, earning all-Sun Belt Conference honors in both events at the league championships as well. Browhow won the 400-meter hurdles at the SBC meet in a time of 51.84 seconds, the fastest in the conference this spring. During the outdoor campaign, he also ranked fifth in the Sun Belt in the 110-meter high hurdles after posting a time of 14.29 seconds at the Georgia Relays in March.
Browhow also earned all-conference honors twice at the SBC Indoor Championships, finishing second in the 55-meter hurdles while helping the 4x400-meter relay team to victory.
He’s the sixth male track and field athlete — and second in the last three years — to win the award since it’s inception in 1972.
Kelly ranked second in the nation in scoring and field-goal percentage en route to earning honorable mention All-America recognition from both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Associated Press. In addition to leading the Sun Belt in both categories with 24.1 points per game — her 770 points set a WKU season record — and a 61.1 field-goal percentage, the Louisville, Ky., native was third in the conference with 9.4 rebounds per outing and sixth after shooting 77.4 percent at the free-throw line. Kelly was a first-team all-conference selection for the third straight year, and she was chosen the SBC Player of the Week on four occasions last winter.
In fact, she became the quickest Lady Topper ever to reach 2,000 points in her career during the 2006-07 season.
Kelly — the 14th women’s basketball player to be named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year — was invited to participate in the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Trials last month.