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Pair of softball players earn C-USA preseason accolades

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Michaela Roman

For the first time since 2010, two UTEP softball athletes juniors Courtney Clayton and Kaitlin Ryder, were named to the 2017 Conference USA Preseason team as annouced by league coaches on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The 2016 C-USA Player of the Year, Clayton, batted for an impressive .416 average throughout the 2016 season. The strong average was enough to be the third best average in UTEP history. She set both school records for 21 doubles and 79 hits in a single season. Clayton was the squad’s leader in almost every hitting category. She led the Miners with 45 runs scored, .658 slugging, .438 on-base percentage, two triples and 125 total bases. On defense, Clayton had the second most assists during a season in UTEP history with 119 assists.

For the first time as a true starter for the Miners, Ryder gained a lot of recognition for her efforts last season. She was right behind Clayton with a .350 batting average and ranked in the top-10 of the league with 23 walks.

Clayton, Ryder and the Miners will start their 2017 season with the Kajikawa Classic. They open up their season against Stanford on Feb. 9.

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Adrian Broaddus, Sports Editor
Adrian Broaddus is the sports editor for The Prospector. He is a junior multimedia journalism major with a minor in political science.   Adrian was born and raised in El Paso, TX, and is a graduate of Franklin high school. He entered college in the fall of 2015 in hopes to better his career in journalism.   Along with sports, Adrian enjoys writing music reviews, perspective columns and news stories on politics.   Although he is pursuing his degree in journalism, Adrian would like to go to law school and be an attorney while doing part-time work in journalism.  
Michaela Roman
Michaela Roman, Editor-in-Chief
Michaela is a Senior Digital Media Production major at The University of Texas at El Paso. As the Editor-in-Chief, and former Photo Editor of The Prospector, she has learned to stay organized, manage a staff of writers and photographers, meet deadlines, cover events and network with others. She also has freelance experience and a personal photography business. Michaela aspires to work as an editor for a large media outlet and one day go to graduate school to teach photojournalism.
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Pair of softball players earn C-USA preseason accolades