Women’s track & field standout Itos Aikhionbare and men’s golfer Pete Fernandez (pictured) were recognized in March as UCI’s Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
The two seniors were honored in March along with their peers from the other conference schools at a banquet held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Anaheim during the Big West basketball tournament. The Big West Conference annually names one male and one female Scholar-Athlete of the Year from each of its member institutions.
This was the second straight year that Aikhionbare has earned the scholar-athlete distinction. A biological sciences major, she was Big West champion in the shot put and discus throw in spring 2014 and holds the school records in both events. She finished 14th in the shot put and 16th in the discus throw at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in May 2014.
Fernandez, a criminology, law & society major, was a 2014 All-Big West first-team selection and competed at the NCAA regional in Eugene, Ore. He led UCI with a 73.06 average and six top-10 finishes last season, including medalist honors in the Anteater Invitational at Mesa Verde Country Club.