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CU Buffs’ Alexis Keating, Connor Winter named Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners

Alexis Keating (women’s golf) and Connor Winter (men’s cross country/track & field) have been named the University of Colorado’s 2015-16 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners.

The conference medal is an award annually to each member institution’s outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Keating, an Elma, Wash. native finished her impressive four-year career with the third-best stroke average in program history at 75.95. She played in 124 rounds, fifth-most all-time and 90 percent of her rounds played counted toward team scoring. The 2015-16 CU Female Career Athletic Achievement Award winner posted 96 rounds in the 70s during her time as a Buff, third most all-time in school history and she owns the top two rounds in postseason history after recording a 66 in back-to-back Pac-12 Championships (2015, 16) in which she tied for fifth place as a junior and senior at the league tournament. Keating earned four career top five finishes, eighth-most in the CU record book, 10 top 10 finishes and ranked ninth all-time with 11 top 20 finishes.

A stellar career on the course also translated to success in the classroom for Keating, who graduated last month with a degree in communication and minor in education. The four-year letterwinner owned a 3.597 GPA. She was a member of the Dean’s List twice and named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll seven times. Keating was also recognized by the conference as she was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team in her senior year and earned Honorable Mention two times.

Winter graduated from CU with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an arts and media certificate while earning a 3.096 GPA. The Centennial, Colo. native was a five-time member of the athletic director’s honor roll and earned 2016 MPSF Indoor All-Academic team honors.

A member of the cross country and track & field programs, Winter earned a pair of All-American honors in cross country (2014, 15). He helped the Buffs win a pair of NCAA Championships (2013, 14), a runner-up finish (2015) and a third place finish (2012). Winter was also a member of four straight Pac-12 team championships, earning All-Pac-12 honors two times. His cross country recognition also includes three All-Mountain Region honors.

Winter was also a leader off the track for the Buffs. He was a two-time recipient of the Bryon R. White Leadership & Initiative Award and was the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Winter was the Co-President of the Student-Athlete Leadership Team and founded a tech start-up.

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