Jordan Murdock, Shelby Hundley named finalists for Greater Wichita Area Athletes of the Year

Friends Athletics
Levi Convirs, Sports Information Director

WICHITA – Friends University senior men’s basketball student-athlete Jordan Murdock and senior women’s track and field standout Shelby Hundley have each been named finalists for the 2019 Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission College Male and Female Athlete of the Year honor.

A finalist for the award for the second straight season, Murdock netted first-team All-KCAC and second-team NAIA All-America recognition this year after leading the Falcons in points (27.4 ppg), rebounds (8.7 rpg) and assists (4.6 apg).

Last season’s KCAC Player of the Year, Murdock also finished second in the league and third in the NAIA in points per game in 2018-19, while ranking second in the KCAC in assists per game and fifth in rebounds.

A Wichita native, Murdock reached the 2,000-career-point milestone in his 75th career game at Friends after taking only 41 games to score 1,000 career points.

He helped the Falcons to a 22-10 overall record this season and their first appearance in the NAIA D-II National Tournament since the 2014-15 season.

Murdock was also selected to compete in the NAIA All-Star game this season, where he scored seven points and dished out four assists in helping the West team to a 111-107 victory.

A two-time KCAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week this season, Hundley shined at the KCAC conference indoor meet in February, winning both the 800 meters and 60 hurdles.

At the NAIA Indoor Meet, Hundley put together a pair of All-American performances in the 4 X 800 relay and the 600 meters.

A native of Bern, Kan., Hundley was the runner-up in the 800 meters at the Wichita State KT Woodman Classic and was then the KCAC Outdoor champion in the 400 hurdles.

Hundley most recently wrapped up her stellar career by qualifying for the 400 hurdles and also helping the Falcons 4×400 and 4×800 relay squads qualify for the NAIA Outdoor meet.

Also during her senior campaign this year, Hundley recorded a school record time in the 800 meters while also contributing to a program-best mark in the Distance Medley Relay.

A solid student-athlete, Hundley is a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete recipient.

The winners will be announced at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet next Thursday (June 27) at the Hyatt Regency.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Florida State University head baseball coach Mike Martin. Martin is the winningest collegiate baseball coach and currently has the Seminoles competing in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

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