Five Student-Athletes Garner Gold Axe Honor

Five Student-Athletes Garner Gold Axe Honor

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Five Lumberjack student-athletes were among the 45 graduating seniors that were recognized with the prestigious Gold Axe Award for the spring semester at a ceremony at the DuBois Center on the Northern Arizona University campus.

The 2011 recipients include soccer's Anna Clark and Tori Howe, swimming and diving's Lana Christensen, women's basketball's Jenna Galloway and track and field's Arshiya Hoseyni. The award is a tribute to outstanding academic performance, leadership and service to the community.

The five Gold Axe recipients are the most in one semester for the athletics department, which has produced 23 Gold Axe winners since 2004.

Christensen, from Casper, Wyo., is receiving a degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry. She is a four-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award and Academic All-WAC honoree. She posted a career-best 11th place finish at the NCAA Zone Regional Championships as a senior.

Clark, a Phoenix Pinnacle High School product, will graduate in exercise science. She was a three-time Big Sky All-Academic selection and four-time Golden Eagle Award Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. She appeared in 42 career games (four starts) and totaled one assist for one point during her career, battling injuries during her freshman and senior seasons.

Galloway, a Spokane, Wash., native, will earn a degree in electronic media and film with a minor in journalism. She is a four-time Big Sky All-Academic and was a finalist for the Jim McKay Scholarship Program. She finished her career appearing in 112 games with 67 starts, averaging 5.3 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game during her final season. She scored a career-high 21 points against North Dakota State as a senior.

Howe, a Mesa Mountain View High School product, graduates with a major in health sciences with an emphasis in community health. She was a 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-America third-team selection and Scholar All-West Region first-team selection. She started and played in 79 matches, recording four assists for four points and finished her career as the NAU all-time leader with 79 career starts.

A native of Tehren, Iran, Hoseyni will graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. She finished her final outdoor campaign with the Lumberjacks ranked No. 40 in the shot put after throwing 44 feet, 5.75 inches at the NCAA West Region meet and scored her best finish at a Big Sky Championship when she finished fourth in the shot put at the 2010 Outdoor Championships. She was selected by her department for their outstanding senior award and was chosen as the Standard Bearer for commencement.

The tradition of the Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933, a year after the student body adopted the axe as the symbol for Lumberjack athletics. It was then that NAU adopted the tradition of awarding small gold axe pins to outstanding members of the student body. The gold axe pin is still considered the official emblem of the Associated Students of NAU and is presented to recognize students' outstanding achievements and distinguished service to the university and the greater community.

Gold Axe Recipients Since 2001


Lana Christensen (Swimming and Diving)

Anna Clark (Soccer)

Jenna Galloway (Women's Basketball)

Tori Howe (Soccer)

Arshiya Hoseyni (Track and Field)



Jessi Jones (Swimming and Diving)

Lauren Salter (Track and Field)

Emy Ziemba (Cheer and Dance)


Ali Carter (Women's Golf)

Maria Hechanova (Swimming and Diving)


Rachel Blackman (Women's Basketball)

Danielle Borth (Swimming and Diving)


Lindsey Carey (Women's Soccer)

Noel Larson (Women's Golf)

Susan McClelland (Women's Tennis)

Jeffrey Wheeler (Football, Track and Field)


Kelly Busche (Swimming and Diving)

Elanor Butterfield (Volleyball)

Kelly Golob (Men's Basketball)


Teresa Diaz (Women's Basketball), Presidential Prize


Courtney McKenzie (Swimming and Diving)

Mark Gould (Football)

Leanna Olivar (Athletic Trainer)


Danielle Weissbeck (Soccer)

Nina Queen (Cheer)