El Paso, TX — A total of 35 past and present UTEP student-athletes will graduate from the university on Saturday.
The list features eight representatives from the football program, six from track & field (two men/four women), five from softball, three each from men’s & women’s basketball and volleyball, two each from men’s golf, rifle and soccer and one from tennis.
Twenty-five of the graduates have earned placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 grade point average), and 10 have received C-USA Academic Medals (minimum 3.75 grade point average) at one point in their collegiate careers. The academic medal recipients are Cassandra Burruel (volleyball), Jerry Castrellon (men’s golf), Janice Jackson (track & field), James Martin (football), Marine Menez (track & field), Devin Miertschin (men’s golf), Alix Moncada (rifle), Kayla Oranger (softball), Samantha Sharper (track & field) and Kayleigh Walts (softball).
Moncada was a four-time All-American. Football’s Ian Campbell, men’s basketball’s Eugene Costello and women’s basketball’s Anete Steinberga all garnered All-Conference honors on the playing field.
Rounding out the list of graduates are men’s basketball’s Malcolm Moore and Jacques Streeter; women’s basketball’s Melisa Mendes and Kristine Vitola; football’s Michael Edwards, DeShawn Grayson, Jamie Irving, Derrick Morgan, James Robinson and Craig Wenrick; rifle’s Hannah Muegge; soccer’s Brittany Kindzierski and Jessica Pettit; softball’s Joanna Krienitz, Chelsea Mayer and Courtney Ware; tennis’ Carolina Deluca; men’s track and field’s Andrew Castillo and Kyron Joseph; women’s track and field’s Karina Garcia; and volleyball’s Bridget Logan and Taylor Nix.
Bio sketches on UTEP’s May 2013 graduating class follow.
May 2013 UTEP Student-Athlete Graduates
Cassandra totaled 472 kills, 330 blocks and 43 digs with the Miners. She tied for the top spot in the UTEP record book for block assists in a five-set match with 11 against Tulsa last season. She was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll five times and was a 2009 recipient of a C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.
Ian served as UTEP’s punter for three seasons after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. He ranks third in school history with a 44.4-yard average and rated fourth nationally in punting in 2011. He was a two-time second team All-Conference USA honoree.
Men’s Track & Field
El Paso, Texas
Andrew was an all-around performer for the Miners, competing in the 100 meters, triple jump and long jump. He concluded his senior campaign with a fifth-place finish in the long jump at the Texas Tech Open.
Jerry appeared in 33 tournaments for the Miners over the last four years and finished in the top-20 at three events. He was a two-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and was a four-time selection to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
New Orleans, La.
Eugene was a two-year starter at UTEP after transferring from Midland College. He was the team’s leading scorer during the 2001-02 season. He ranks in the top-15 in school history in assists and steals and was second team All-Western Athletic Conference as a junior.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Carolina ranks in the top-10 in school history with 46 doubles wins from 2009 to 2012. She was a three-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Following her playing career, Carolina has worked in the marketing department for UTEP Athletics.
Michael compiled 101 receptions for 1,477 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons at UTEP after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. He topped 100 yards receiving in three games. He recently signed an NFL free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns.
Women’s Track & Field
Mexico City, Mexico
Karina owns the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 10,000 meters with 34:40.82. She concluded her time at UTEP with an appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. She was a two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
DeShawn was the Miners’ third-leading defender in 2012, making 80 stops. He totaled 281 tackles and 21 interceptions over four seasons and was UTEP’s leading tackler in nine games. He recently signed an NFL free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jamie compiled 135 tackles in four seasons with the Miners, including 79 in 2010 when he ranked second on the team. He was appointed to the Conference USA All-Freshman squad in 2008.
Women’s Track & Field
St. Catherine, Jamaica
Janice has left her mark in the UTEP record book, posting the program record in the 60 meter hurdles and the second-fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles. She has made two NCAA Championship appearances. She is a two-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and earned two appointments to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Men’s Track & Field
Kyron was a member of the 4x100 meter relay that competed at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Championships, as well as part of UTEP’s 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championship team. He earned a spot on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll twice.
St. Albert, Alberta
Brittany started 61 of 76 games played for the Miners. She is tied for seventh in school history with 24 goals. She was twice chosen the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and was selected to the 2011 All-Tournament team. Additionally, she was a three-time member of the C-USA Academic Honor Roll.
Joanna started 24 games for UTEP and was a three-year letterwinner. She ranks in the top-10 in school history in career saves. She was a four-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Bridget played in 84 matches during her career. She played a major role in the team’s 19-win 2011 campaign as she recorded 18 double-digit kill performances, including a career-high 23 versus Mississippi State. Bridget was a five-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Chino Hills, Calif.
James was a valuable member of the UTEP offensive line over the last two years after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College, including earning five starting assignments. He was a two-time recipient of a Conference USA Academic Medal and two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Chelsea pitched for the Miners in 2009 before injuries ended her career. She excelled working in the athletics department and was named Marketing Assistant. She was a five-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Melisa Mendes was a key contributor on UTEP’s historic 2012 Conference USA championship team. She played in 31 games, including nine starts, averaging 4.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 13.3 minutes. ¬Melisa was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll the last two years.
Women’s Track & Field
Marine registered the second-best score in school history in the women’s heptathlon. She also claimed the bronze medal in the pentathlon at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championships. She was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll three times, earning C-USA Academic Medals every year.
El Paso, Texas
Devin transferred to UTEP from Texas and was a mainstay in the Miner lineup over the last four years. He played in 46 tournaments and placed in the top-20 at five events. He earned a Conference USA Academic Medal in 2013 and was a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Alix was a four-time All-American and twice received the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the final site of each of the NCAA’s 89 championships. Alix holds the school record for both smallbore and rifle and was a four-time Conference USA Academic Medal recipient.
Iowa City, Iowa
Battling back from a torn ACL that sidelined him for most of the 2011-12 season, Malcolm collected 20 points and 12 rebounds in 2012-13 while adding depth to the UTEP frontcourt. He shot 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line.
Derrick transferred to UTEP from Cabrillo Junior College and appeared in 24 games over the last two seasons. He was credited with 25 tackles. He merited placement on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in 2012.
Hannah helped the team qualify for the 2012 NCAA Championships, its first appearance since 2005, as the Miners finished fifth in the event. She was the 2011 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award winner and also earned placement on the C-USA Academic Honor Roll all four years of her career.
Taylor has played two seasons with the Miners. She has compiled 283 kills, 106 blocks and 64 digs. She earned a spot on the 2013 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Kayla finished her collegiate career with a .286 batting average. Her five runs scored against Brown in 2012 is a school record, and she is tied for second in school history with 23 stolen bases. She was a four-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and earned a C-USA Academic Medal in 2010.
San Antonio, Texas
Jessie was a four-year letterwinner at UTEP from 2008-11. She appeared in 68 matches, including 48 starts, while scoring two goals with six assists for a total of 10 points.
A transfer from City College of San Francisco, James filled a reserve role in the UTEP offensive line in 2011 before redshirting last season. He has one year of eligibility remaining this fall.
Women’s Track & Field
Samantha was a 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Championship qualifier in the 100 meter hurdles. She registered the 34th-fastest time in the nation and a personal best at the 2013 C-USA Outdoor Championship. She was a two-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal while earning placement on the C-USA Academic Honor Roll twice as well.
Anete helped the Miners to 83 victories over four seasons, including 29 during the C-USA championship 2012 season. She ranks sixth in program history with 582 rebounds and eighth with 1,024 points. She earned first-team All Conference USA honors as a senior and garnered placement on the C-USA Academic Honor Roll four times. She is this year’s Golden Miner Award winner.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Jacques played two seasons at Cal State Fullerton and two at UTEP, leading the conference in assist/turnover ratio all four years. He closed out his college career with 1,180 points and 600 assists. He ranks third in UTEP history with a 2.64 assist/turnover ratio and is eighth with 311 assists.
Kristine has been a three-year letterwinner for UTEP, collecting 524 points, 404 rebounds and 100 blocked shots. She ranks fifth in school history in blocks. She has played in 97 games and will return for the 2013-14 season after recovering from a torn ACL. She was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll three times.
Flower Mound, Texas
Kayleigh started 186 games for the Miners and posted 75 RBI. She ranks first in school history in pickoffs and runners caught stealing, and was among the conference leaders in both categories this year. She was a four-time recipient of a Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal.
Courtney started 174 games for UTEP. She recorded five RBI versus Northern Colorado in 2011 and has produced 58 career RBI. She ranks third in sacrifice hits in the UTEP record book. She was a four-time selection to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
Flower Mound, Texas
Craig has registered 16 receptions for 255 yards while becoming more of a focal point in the UTEP offense over the last two seasons. He had a 66-yard catch against Tulane in 2011, the longest by a tight end in school history. He has earned four appointments to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.