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Blackwood is CU's top scholar-athlete

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She posted 16 doubles, eight homers and 50 RBIs while batting .333 as a sophomore and collected eight doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs last season. This year Blackwood is batting a career-best .399 with 40 RBIs in 51 contests.The lefthander has also registered 39 career victories with one save in 114 appearances in the circle, making 76 starts and tossing 533.0 innings. She has 286 strikeouts and has tossed 37 complete games with eight shutouts during her tenure.Blackwood also carries a 3.59 grade-point-average in Early Childhood Growth and Learning and will graduate in December. She has been a member of the Deans List for the past six semesters and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education honor society. She has earned Conference Scholar-Athlete honors each of the last three years and will garner her second NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award later in May.Blackwood was also voted First Team Academic All-District IV and Second Team Capital One Academic All-American last year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).She was also involved in several community service activities with her team throughout her career, including Feed the Children, New Leash on Life, Southside Elementary 5K Fun Run, Peer Mentoring and Leadership Academy.Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1,500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s. He graduated from Cumberland in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62.

A longtime teacher and coach at Castle Heights Military Academy, the CU soccer stadium is named in his honor.The 2012 Lindsey Donnell Award recipient was football player Ben Miller.

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