Four Blugold athletes receive the WIAC Kwik Trip Award

Students were given an award to recognize their outstanding performance in their sports

Mary Allessi

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This past week, four Blugolds were awarded the WIAC Kwik Trip award. 

This Kwik Trip-sponsored award is given to athletes with exceptional performance in their respective sports that week. 

According to Ty Readman, a fifth-year finance student, the men’s hockey team needed to win both of their games last weekend to make it to the hockey playoffs. 

“It happened to be a good weekend for me,” Readman said. “I felt like I was playing the right way and my linemates and coaches were supporting me. I was very honored to receive the award.”

In the first of two men’s hockey games against UW-Stout this weekend, Readman scored his second goal of the year. He also helped his teammate score earlier in the game, according to Blugold Athletics

In the second game of the weekend, Readman scored another goal, tying the game against the Blue Devils. 

Brock Voigt, a fourth-year finance student, also received the award for his performance in basketball games against UW-Stout and UW-Stevens Point. 

“It was a great week for our time,” Voigt said. “Our team was able to come out with two wins and secure a home game for the WIAC tournament.”

Voigt was the men’s basketball team’s top scorer on Feb. 15 in a game against UW-Stevens Point. 

According to Blugold Athletics, he ended the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks. He also scored nine points, eight steals, eight rebounds and five assists against UW-Stout on Feb. 11. 

In addition to receiving the WIAC Kwik Trip Award, Voigt also made two career records for steals and five assists. 

“I plan on continuing to work hard with my teammates to make sure, come game time, we are as ready as we can be,” Voigt said. 

Yakob Ekoue, a fourth-year marketing and professional sales student, received this award for his performance at the UW-Eau Claire track and field meet on Feb. 18 at UW-Oshkosh.“Each week, I focus on two of three things from the week before to focus on,” Ekoue said. 

Ekoue was No. 3 in the weight throw with a distance of 18.57 meters, according to Blugold Athletics

According to Ekoue, the women’s track and field team set the tone for his performance that week.

“The women’s team came out really strong at that meet,” Ekoue said. “It really got me in the right headspace going forward.”

Sophie Rausch, a fourth-year exercise science student, received the award for her performance in the women’s hockey game against Northland College.

Rausch scored the first goal six minutes into the game, according to Blugold Athletics

“The main thing I have done is focus my attention on the little things,” Rausch said. “My linemates and I have been having great success this year and our chemistry has only been increasing. I’m excited to see what we will do as a line and as a team this postseason.” 

All of the recipients that were honored to be recognized by the WIAC for their performance. 

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