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CLU Senior-Athlete Awards Announced

Four student-athletes honored at SAAC Senior Social

Friday, May. 22, 2009 1:20 pm

From left to right, seniors Summer Plante-Newman, David Iden, Lindsey Benson and Kyle Hansen were selected senior-athlete award winners and recognized at the SAAC Senior Athlete Social on May 11.

Credit: Kevin Baxter Hi-res image

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.  - At the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Senior Athlete Social on May 11 four Cal Lutheran seniors were honored. Summer Plante-Newman and David Iden were selected as the SCIAC Scholar-Athletes while Lindsey Benson and Kyle Hansen were named as the CLU Athletes of the Year.

Plante-Newman, a senior outside hitter on the CLU volleyball team became the fourth Regal in school history to earn three straight All-SCIAC First Team selections. She was named SCIAC Freshman of the Year back in 2005. The Quartz Hill native who majored in liberal studies and minored in art wrapped up her four-year career with the school records in kills (1,154) and aces (175).

Iden, a shortstop on the CLU baseball team finished his four-year career tied for the most hits in the program's history with 192. He now ranks second in doubles with 44, second in stolen bases with 63 and third in games played at 149. The psychology major from Thousand Oaks capped his senior season with his first appearance in the NCAA postseason. He finished with a .349 batting average and 60 hits.

Benson, a setter on the CLU volleyball helped lead her team along with Plante-Newman to the NCAA West Regional Final. She was recognized with an All-West Region selection and also selected as a 2008 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American with a spot on the second team. The Woodlands Hills native leaves CLU in fourth place all-time in assists and third in aces and in 2008 had the second most aces in a season with 56.

Hansen, a sprinter and jumper on the CLU track and field team closed his senior season at the NCAA Championships with a 13th place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. The four-year athlete from Murrieta leaves CLU with his name throughout the school record books. He owns the top time in the 400-meter hurdles at 53.40 and he ran the anchor on the second fastest 4x400 relay team with a time of 3:15.51. He won the SCIAC title in the 400-meter hurdles for the second consecutive year.