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.

YearNameSport
2014 Christian Meyer Cross Country/Track & Field
2013 Josh McMillin Track & Field
2012 Jesse Carr Basketball
2011Eric PeitzFootball
2010Ryan FrieseTrack
2009Alex GodellTrack
2008Jeff HorinekFootball
2007Alex GodellTrack
2006Nate PettitGolf
2005Mike Nicks Track/Cross Country
2004Martin LairdGolf
2003Brian TrainorTrack
2002Kurt DaviesTrack
2001Jamie BennettFootball
2000Casey MaloneTrack
1999Nate KvammeFootball
Mike NewellFootball
1998Mike NewellFootball
1997Chris WalkerTrack
1996Greg MyersFootball
1995Matt PhillipsFootball
1994Derek YurosekFootball
1993Matt PhillipsFootball
1992Steve SawyerBaseball
1991Scott StollTrack
1990Keith JironTennis
1989Rod SchreiberTrack
1988Joe PalicTrack
1987Peter BoesTrack
1986Terry UnreinFootball
 Tim ZubradtFootball
1985Todd BennBasketball
1984Don HaddadWrestling
1983Mark SteeleBasketball
1982Aaron FinchFootball
1981Steve FairchildFootball
1980Rick DennisonFootball
1979Jack UptonFootball & Baseball
1978Jim BryanBaseball
1977Robert AndersonWrestling
1976Tery LarrewBasketball
1975Steve JentzenWrestling
1974Tim WilliamsWrestling
1973Chris AdsitTrack
1972Chris AdsitTrack
1971Dale MaedingFootball
1970Tim McGeeWrestling
1969Tom KersteinBaseball
1968Wayne LearSwimming
1967Daryl YoungstrumBaseball
1966Tom VidakovichBasketball
1965Russ MowrerFootball
1964Terry MatthewsFootball
1963?
1962Albert Kalei Apo, Jr.Football
1961?
1960Larry ReitzTrack
1959William PotocnikFootball
1958Howard ClarkTrack
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