MOUNT PLEASANT - After three weeks of voting and one final vote through Central Michigan Athletics social media sites, Shawntoreah Turk of the CMU Women's Track program has taken the top spot in the inaugural Play of the Year vote for the 2011-12 academic year.
As a part of CMU Athletics' launch of its brand new YouTube page, www.youtube.com/Cmich.Athletics, 12 "Plays of the Year" were distributed over two and a half weeks with fans having 24 hours to rack up as many "Likes" and Retweets as possible, with each accounting for one vote.
Below is a recap of the Top 5 Plays of the Year.
1. Women's Track - Sophomore sprinter Shawntoreah Turk ran away from the field at the Chippewas' Lyle Bennett Open on April 28. Turk crossed the finish line in a time of 56.08, winning the race by nearly two seconds over teammate Ravyn Baxter.
2. Wrestling - Redshirt freshman Tyler Keselring slams Michigan State's Brandon Fifield for one of his four takedowns in a match at 133 pounds. Keselring also scored two back points en route to a 13-4 major decision over Fiefield to help the Chippewas earn their 11th-straight victory over the Spartans.
3. Baseball - With the score tied, 4-4, and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth inning, senior Nate Theunissen blasted his second home run of the game to give the Chippewas a 6-4 walk-off victory over Eastern Michigan in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The program's all-time hit king finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI to help the Maroon and Gold avenge a loss to the Eagles earlier in the tournament.
4. Softball - Redshirt freshman Karly Hansen helped CMU earn a run-rule victory over Akron on April 29 at Margo Jonker Stadium, hitting her first career home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to close the door on the Zips. Hansen pulled a three-run bomb over the fence in right field to extend the Chippewas' lead to 10-0 and complete the sweep of their MAC East foe.
5. Volleyball - Freshman Kaitlyn McIntyre capped a remarkable run by the Chippewas with the final kill in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, helping the No. 6 seed earn their first ever MAC Championship title. A MAC All-Freshmen team selection, McIntyre scored the final two points of the match to slam the door on No. 1 seed Northern Illinois and send the Maroon and Gold to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.