SEARCY – Katy Grant, a member of the Harding University women's track and cross country teams from Mustang, Okla., was honored in chapel Friday as the female 2010 M.E. Berryhill Award winner. Marco Ruiz from the men's tennis team was the male recipient.
The Berryhill Award is the highest award the Harding athletic department gives and is named after former coach and athletics director M.E. Berryhill. The honor is given to a senior male and female athlete who possesses the characteristics of athletic excellence, academic achievement, social maturity, and spiritual example.
Grant will complete her career as one of the most decorated female athletes in Harding history. As a cross country runner, Grant has earned 1st Team All-GSC four times and was the individual champion at the 2009 race. She has also earned three All-Region honors.
In her track career, Grant has twice qualified for the NCAA National Meet in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She holds three school records in track.
Academically, Grant is a two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honoree. She has also earned Academic All-GSC honors three times and USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Grant has participated in numerous extracurricular activities, on and off campus. She is Harding's representative on the NCAA's Student-Athlete Activities Committee. She has volunteered at the His House food bank and at a homeless shelter in Oklahoma City. Grant has also been a leader on team service projects at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and La Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She also participated in mission trips to Nicaragua in 2007 and 2009.
Grant will graduate in May with a 4.00 grade point average in social work.
Grant is the 11th member of the Harding women's track and cross country teams to win the Berryhill Award since its inception in 1984. The last was Mary Brown in 2007.