WINONA, Minn. — Peter Borash (Bowlus, Minn.) and Alex Raske (Chicago, Ill.) were named Saint Mary’s University’s Outstanding Male and Female Athletes Friday night during the Cardinal ‘M’ Club Sports Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony.
Photo Caption: Major award-winners for 2012-13 included Peter Borash, Alex Raske, Bethany Schmidt and Jake Traxler.
Jake Traxler (Le Center, Minn.) and Bethany Schmidt (Sparta, Wis.), meanwhile, were named SMU’s Outstanding Male and Female Scholar Athletes.
Friday’s festivities also included the induction of three new members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame, as the Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Saint Mary’s Alumni Office, welcomed the Class of 2013 — Greg (Dick ’84) Arens (men’s hockey), Todd Borndale ’85 (baseball) and Ashley (Dingels ’05) Gossen (volleyball/track and field). Click here for Hall of Fame inductee bios
Borash enjoyed a banner senior season as a member of the Cardinal cross country and track and field teams. During the cross country season, Borash was one of the Cardinals’ top finishers in each of their six meets — including a first-place showing at the SMU No-Limit Invitational, and an honorable-mention All-MIAC effort at the conference championships. And the Cardinal senior picked up right where he left off during the track and field season, earning honorable-mention all-conference honors in the 1,500, while also breaking the school’s 13-year-old record in the 1,500 at the UW-La Crosse Last-Chance Meet — the final collegiate meet of his collegiate career.
A three-time All-MIAC honorable-mention selection and a three-time MIAC All-Academic performer, Borash was also named SMU’s 2012-13 Outstanding Male Senior.
There certainly was no sophomore slump for Raske, who entered the 2013 season after taking the conference by storm as a freshman — a year in which she earned First-Team All-MIAC honors. Just what did Raske do for an encore? How about a second straight appearance on the All-MIAC First Team, as well as a spot on the NFCA All-Central Region Second Team.
Raske finished 2013 among the team leaders in virtually every offensive categories, including batting average (.393), at-bats (107), runs (28), doubles (6), home runs (6), RBIs (36), total bases (69), slugging percentage (.636), walks (10) and on-base percentage (.442) — while helping the Cardinals to their third straight MIAC Tournament appearance.
A Biochemistry major with a 3.97 grade-point-average, Traxler — a four-year regular on the SMU cross country and track and field teams — was named SMU’s Male Scholar Athlete for the second year in a row. An Academic All-MIAC pick in both the fall and winter/spring seasons for the second straight year, Traxler was one of the Cardinals’ top cross country runners in the fall, while also proving to be among the best steeplechasers in the conference during the outdoor track and field season.
Like Traxler, Schmidt was a dual-sport athlete during her junior year, competing on both the Cardinal women’s soccer and swimming and diving teams. A junior Biology major with a 3.94 GPA, Schmidt appeared in 17 games for the Cardinal soccer team, scoring two goals, and adding one assist for five points. Following the soccer season, Schmidt traded in her cleats for a swim cap, where she excelled with the Cardinal swimming and diving team.