MERRILL-GHEEN TROPHY AWARD WINNERS

In 1958, T. Russell Merrill founded an annual award celebrating the most outstanding male scholar-athlete at Colorado State University. Merrill was the captain and 3rd baseman of the 1921 Colorado Agricultural College baseball team that won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship. Russell Merrill also was his senior class vice-president and member of the agronomy club and dramatic club. Merrill graduated in 1922 and in 1933 founded Merrill Farms in Salinas, California growing and packing produce.

Russell Merrill continued to support athletics at Colorado State and while visiting Denver for a reunion, died of a sudden heart attack in 1964. His family continued to support CSU after his death and in 1969 when Merril's' son-in-law, Joseph Gheen, suddenly died the family asked that his name should be added to the award. It has been continually awarded to the school's top male scholar athlete as the Merrill-Gheen Award since 1970.

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2015 Jonathan Edmunds Track & Field
2014 Christian Meyer Cross Country/Track & Field
2013 Josh McMillin Track & Field
2012 Jesse Carr Basketball
2011 Eric Peitz Football
2010 Ryan Friese Track & Field
2009 Alex Godell Track & Field
2008 Jeff Horinek Football
2007 Alex Godell Track & Field
2006 Nate Pettit Golf
2005 Mike Nicks Track & Field/Cross Country
2004 Martin Laird Golf
2003 Brian Trainor Track & Field
2002 Kurt Davies Track & Field
2001 Jamie Bennett Football
2000 Casey Malone Track & Field
1999 Nate Kvamme Football
Mike Newell Football
1998 Mike Newell Football
1997 Chris Walker Track & Field
1996 Greg Myers Football
1995 Matt Phillips Football
1994 Derek Yurosek Football
1993 Matt Phillips Football
1992 Steve Sawyer Baseball
1991 Scott Stoll Track & Field
1990 Keith Jiron Tennis
1989 Rod Schreiber Track & Field
1988 Joe Palic Track & Field
1987 Peter Boes Track & Field
1986 Terry Unrein Football
  Tim Zubradt Football
1985 Todd Benn Basketball
1984 Don Haddad Wrestling
1983 Mark Steele Basketball
1982 Aaron Finch Football
1981 Steve Fairchild Football
1980 Rick Dennison Football
1979 Jack Upton Football & Baseball
1978 Jim Bryan Baseball
1977 Robert Anderson Wrestling
1976 Tery Larrew Basketball
1975 Steve Jentzen Wrestling
1974 Tim Williams Wrestling
1973 Chris Adsit Track & Field
1972 Chris Adsit Track & Field
1971 Dale Maeding Football
1970 Tim McGee Wrestling
1969 Tom Kerstein Baseball
1968 Wayne Lear Swimming
1967 Daryl Youngstrum Baseball
1966 Tom Vidakovich Basketball
1965 Russ Mowrer Football
1964 Terry Matthews Football
1963 ?
1962 Albert Kalei Apo, Jr. Football
1961 ?
1960 Larry Reitz Track & Field
1959 William Potocnik Football
1958 Howard Clark Track & Field
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