Feb. 15, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior shortstop Ashley Hansen has been selected as one of the top-30 candidates for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Hansen is one of four representatives from the Pac-12 Conference.
Hansen, the reigning collegiate player of the year, is a two-time All-American and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2011. She has already solidified her place in Cardinal record book, ranking in the top-10 in program history in career average (.410), hits (241), doubles (67), triples (11), RBI (144), slugging percentage (.653) and runs scored (148).
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner at the NCAA Women's College World Series in June. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.
Joining Hansen from the Pac-12 Conference are California's Valerie Arioto, Arizona State's Katelyn Boyd and Washington's Niki Williams.
The Cardinal will play its home opener this weekend as it hosts the Stanford Nike Invitational, Feb. 1719 at Smith Family Stadium.