Dec. 11, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio-A pair of Ohio State student-athletes are among just eight finalists for the Socrates Award, an honor given annually the last three years to a student-athlete who has best exemplified excellence in athletics and academics.

Vincent Ng, a senior on the Ohio State men’s tennis team, and Craig Krenzel, a junior quarterback for the football Buckeyes, represent Ohio State among the eight finalists. Ohio State is the only school with more than one student-athlete selected from a list submitted by sports information directors from across the country.

Ng, a biology major at Ohio State, is on pace to become the all-time leader in singles wins at Ohio State. He recently won the 2002 Big Ten Indoor Championship in Minneapolis, Minn., with six-consecutive victories.

Krenzel helped lead the football team to a school-record 13-0 record and a Big Ten title in 2002. He will lead the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes against No. 1 Miami in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Jan. 3 in Tempe, Ariz.

Sporting News Radio, the official radio partner of the March of Dimes’ National Athletic Awards, will present the 4th Annual Socrates Award to honor achievement by the best of our nation’s student-athletes.

Online voting for the award will be held until Dec. 27 at The winner will be announced in January.

Last year, the 3rd Annual Socrates Award was presented to Andr© Davis of Virginia Tech. Davis exemplified the criteria of the Socrates Creed, which the Award embodies:

“Strong Mind in a Strong Body”

A student-athlete who has shown himself or herself to be aleader and quality contributor in their sport(s) A student-athletewho has shown himself or herself to be an outstanding studentacademically A student-athlete who has shown himself or herself tobe a quality citizen in their community

Previous Socrates Award winners include:
2000 – Drew Brees, Purdue
2001 – Ben Hamilton, Minnesota
2002 – Andr© Davis, Virginia Tech

The 2003 Socrates Award Nominees
Name School Sport(s) GPA
Kerensa Barr Missouri Women’s Basketball 3.79
Nick Browne TCU Soccer/Football 4.00
Perdita Felicien Illinois Women’s Track & Field 3.32
Kliff Kingsbury Texas Tech Football 3.86
Craig Krenzel Ohio State Football 3.71
Vincent Ng Ohio State Men’s Tennis 3.96
Jon Stinchcomb Georgia Football 3.75
Matt Walters Miami (Fla) Football 3.45