Austin McLean, Marta Burak Named Athletes of the Year

Austin McLean and Marta Burak | YSU Athletes of the Year
Austin McLean and Marta Burak | YSU Athletes of the Year

Marta Burak and Austin McLean, athletes who have been named the best in the Horizon League this year and have led their teams to championships in their careers, are being honored tonight as YSU's Scholar-Athletes of the Year for 2014-15.

They will receive their awards as YSU Athletics hosts its annual Scholar-Athlete this evening at the Chestnut Room in Kilcawley Center.

The event salutes the outstanding academic achievements of YSU student-athletes while recognizing individuals, families and organizations that have endowed a scholarship with the Athletic Department.

Student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher as well as those who receive a scholarship endowment are invited to attend the event pending their class schedule. A crowd of nearly 500 is expected be in attendance.

YSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Jon Hutnyan will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evenings festivities. Various Horizon League and YSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee leadership awards will be presented.

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Burak, a senior from Lviv, Ukraine, has had a major impact on the turnaround of the YSU program. Her first year the Guins won one dual match. This season, the Penguins have won a school-record 17 matches and took home both the regular season and postseason conference crowns. 

This year she was named the Horizon League’s Player of the Year to culminate a tremendous career. She was a four-time first-team all-league honoree, won all but one regular-season and postseason Horizon League match in her four-year career, has nearly 100 singles wins and guided the Guins to the 2015 and 2014 HL Tournament titles and 2015 regular-season title. In 40 HL matches, she has lost just five out of 74 sets played, and three of those were her freshman year. Overall she has a career mark of 94-31 in singles and has won 78 doubles matches.

McLean, a junior from West Jefferson, Ohio, uring the 2015 indoor season, McLean was named the Horizon League’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year. At the conference championships he was first in the mile with a time of 4:11.16 and won the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:19.98. He was right behind teammate Eric Rupe in the 5,000m run as well posting a time of 15:49.87. He scored 28 points for the Penguins and shared the Most Points Award at the meet.

In his last two races at the Horizon League Cross Country Championships, he finished third (2014) and fifth (2013). He is the first runner since YSU joined the conference to have a pair of top-five finishes in the race.