Pakhomenko going for third straight Athlete of the Year award

By Chad Klassen
April 7, 2017 - 2:54pm Updated: April 7, 2017 - 6:24pm

KAMLOOPS — Iuliia Pakhomenko made her mark on Thompson Rivers University, and the Canada West conference, during her three seasons in Kamloops, and now she's up for Female Athlete of the Year award, which she's taken home the last two years. 

Pakhomenko, who finished her U-Sport career fourth on the all-time kills list with 1,211, is up against basketball player Emma Piggin and swimmer Breena Rusnell. 

The Wolfpack announced their award finalists on Friday. The awards banquet is next Thursday, April 13, at the TRU Grand Hall. 

Baseball pitcher Tyler Hodder, who went 7-0 with a 1.77 ERA last year for the Wolfpack, is a finalist for Male Athlete of the Year. His competition is from basketball's Volodymyr Iegorov and soccer's Ryan Glanville.

Glanville is also a nominee for the Doctor Roger H.Barnsley Student Athlete of the Year, which combines top academics and athletic performance. Other nominees include Mike Rouault and Cole Keddie. For women student-athletes, cross-country runner Rachel Lobay, basketball’s Michelle Bos and volleyball’s Morgan Kolasa are finalists. 

Hodder is on the list for Newcomer of the Year after an outstanding rookie season for Ray Chadwick, TRU's baseball manager. Rusnell is a competitor for the award, as well as soccer's Justin Donaldson and Cassie Morris, volleyball’s Anton Napolitano, Derek Rhodes, and volleyball’s Abby Spratt. 


Crucial weekend for Wolfpack baseball early in the year