In keeping with Westminster tradition, two senior student-athletes were named the Westminster Outstanding Senior Athletes of the Year. This year's winners are Payton Beeler (women's soccer, women's basketball, women's tennis) and Blake Strebler (baseball).
The student-athletes are chosen based on a combination of their on-field performance over the last four years as well as their performance in the classroom.
Payton Beeler has tabbed herself as one of the most well-rounded athletes on campus, earning 12 varsity letters across three different sports in her time at Westminster. On the soccer field, Beeler has played in 68 games as a Blue Jay midfielder, logging 12 goals and 11 assists, including two game-winners. On the basketball court, Beeler has logged over 1,000 minutes across 84 games in her four-year career, scoring 362 points. Beeler capped off a successful tennis career this season by earning a first team All-Conference selection in doubles play.
Along with her on-field and court success, Beeler was a nine-time selection to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team, the maximum amount of selections for a student-athlete in their four years of play. She graduates with a 3.81 grade point average in physics and chemistry.
Blake Strebler will leave Westminster as one of the more decorated baseball players in Blue Jay history. He put together a career .351 batting average along with a .581 career slugging percentage and .436 on-base percentage. He's hit 16 home runs and driven in 87 RBI. His four home runs in one game this season against Spalding will go down as the Westminster record for home runs in a single game, as well as tying the NCAA record.
Strebler was a three-time selection to the SLIAC All-Conference second team, along with a two-time American Baseball Coaches Associated (ABCA) All-Region selection. In 2017, he was a first team pick, and in 2018, he was a second team pick.
His work in the classroom stands out as well, posting a career 3.52 grade point average in business administration and sports management. He was a three-time selection to the SLIAC Academic All-Conference team as well as a Google Cloud CoSIDA (College Sports Informations Directors of America) Academic All-Distrct first team selection.