Paul Christian Named Phil Eskew Award Recipient

Paul Christian Named Phil Eskew Award Recipient

Greencastle, Ind. - Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, ill./Glenbard West) of the men's cross country and track and field teams has been selected as the Phil Eskew Award recipient as DePauw's top senior male student-athlete for 2018-19. 

The Eskew Award is presented annually to a senior male student-athlete who best exemplifies effort and excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, integrity, dedication to the team, campus involvement and community service.

A four-year letterwinner in both sports, Christian earned all-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships after placing 37th and leading the Tigers to an 18th-place finish. He placed 45th at the 2018 Championships as the team finished 20th. Christian also qualified as an individual for the 2015 national meet. The 2015 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year and the 2018 NCAC Runner of the Year, Christian was a three-time first team all-conference honoree and second team once. He earned all-region honors all four years, helped the team to back-to-back NCAC titles as a junior and a senior and was the 2018 NCAC individual winner.

In track and field, Christian won the NCAC Indoor 5,000-meter title in 2018 before capturing three conference championships as a senior including the indoor 3,000 meters as well as the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 titles to earn Distance Runner of the Year honors. His 5K time came established an NCAC record.

Christian graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree while majoring in performance and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. A Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society inductee, he was the 2018-19 senior male with the highest cumulative grade point average. He served as a Community Music Program instructor where he taught violin lessons to local children. Christian was a pit orchestra member all four years for the DePauw Opera and principle second for the DePauw Symphony Orchestra.

Other finalists for this year's Eskew Award included Greg Frauenheim (tennis), Andrew Gold (soccer), Andy Hunt (football) and Nolan Lavender (baseball).

Suzanne Peters of the volleyball team and golfer Larisa Luloff were named the co-recipients of the Amy Hasbrook Award as the top senior female student-athletes. Complete information on that is available here.

The awards are named for former DePauw student-athletes Amy Hasbrook '00 and Phil Eskew Jr. '63. Hasbrook was a four-year letterwinner for the women's basketball team who lost her life in a fire in 2002. Eskew, the president of DePauw's "D" Association for over 20 years, was a 1994 inductee into the DePauw Athletics Hall of Fame and was instrumental in its formation in 1986.

Amy Hasbrook Award Winners Phil Eskew Award Winners
2005 Amy Argetsinger, basketball 2005 JaMarcus Shephard, football/track and field
2006 Leslie Dillon, cross country/track and field 2006 P.J. Mitchell, baseball
2007 Liz Bondi, basketball/tennis 2007 Evan Webeler, tennis
  Sarah Gates, golf    
2008 Katie Doogan, swimming and diving 2008 Rob Alexander, swimming and diving
      Jeremiah Marks, football
2009 Amanda Stier, swimming and diving 2009 Michael McNelis, football
2010 Lauren Reich, cross country/track and field 2010 John Cook, swimming and diving
  Megan Soultz, softball   Spud Dick, football
2011 Courtney Lauer, track and field 2011 Jonathan Lambert, football
2012 Catie Baker, swimming and diving 2012 Kreigh Kamman, soccer
2013 Bridgette Shamleffer, field hockey 2013 Matt Kukurugya, swimming and diving
  Kate Walker, basketball    
2014 Paige Gooch, golf 2014 Jack Burgeson, swimming and diving
2015 Maggie MacPhail, tennis 2015 Alex Alfonso, swimming and diving
2016 Caroline Zadina, soccer 2016 Marcus Dozier, track and field
      Alex Grissom, swimming and diving
2017 Annie Graves, swimming and diving 2017 Julian Gonzalez, soccer
      Matt Hunt, football
2018 Emma Baldwin, softball 2018 Polo Burguete, cross country/track and field
      Sam McManus, swimming and diving
2019 Larisa Luloff, golf 2019 Paul Christian, cross country/track and field
  Suzanne Peters, volleyball