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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED OLUME 26, ISSUE 5 92 rector of fan experience. Another humorous highlight of the evening was a video segment called "Things Coaches Say." It was the time for many of Purdue's top athletes to have a little fun with their coaches. Isaac Haas' portrayal of assistant men's bas- ketball coach Jack Owens saying over and over again "Noooooooo. What makes you think that's OK?" brought the house down on a cou- ple of occasions. There was a serious tone to the evening as track and field coach Lonnie Greene was named coach- of-the-year for the second time in three years, and women's track was named the team-of-the-year for the second straight time. Athletic director Morgan Burke also took a moment to target his address to the seniors, pointing to his shirt with the Motion P on it and asking the soon-to-be gradu- ates to wear it proudly. "This 'P' means something — it means a great experience as an undergraduate, but wearing it means everything when you leave Purdue," he said. "Wear it in air- ports, wear it everywhere, because you should be proud of all you have accomplished with your experi- ence at Purdue and all you will ac- complish down the road." j 2016 GOLDEN PETE AWARD WINNERS Breakout Athlete of the Year* (Presented to student-athlete who has taken a leadership role): Markell Jones, football; Janae' Moffitt, track and field Spark Plug Award* (Presented to student-athlete who ignites team with emotion- al leadership): Rapheal Davis, basketball; Faye Adelaja, volleyball Coach-of-the-Year: Lonnie Greene, track and field Individual Performance, Single Event: Matthew McClintock, cross country; Devynne Charlton, track and field Play-of-the-Year: Vince Edwards, basketball (alley-oop dunk vs. Maryland) Male Performance of the Year: A.J. Hammons, basketball Female Performance of the Year: Devynne Charlton, track and field Team Performance, Single Event: Men's basketball beating No. 8 Michigan State at home Team of the Year*: Women's track and field Also presented was the Varsity Walk Award to basketball standout A.J. Ham- mons. The Varsity Walk Award is presented each spring to the outstanding senior who has participated as a varsity athlete and brought national recognition to Pur- due. The Golden Pete Awards show also serves as a senior sendoff for student-ath- letes and those students who are involved in behind-the-scenes roles. Also recognized at the event: Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award, Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships, Wooden Leadership Institute Certificates of Achieve- ment and the Big Ten Medal of Honor, which was won by cross-country runners Katie Hoevet and McClintock. * Winners selected by live voting at venue Paul Sadler Vince Edwards earned the Golden Pete for play-of-the-year after his impressive dunk against Maryland.

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