NORMAN – University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics senior and co-captain Hunter Justus was named a finalist for the 2018 Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the top senior gymnast in the NCAA. Considered the highest honor in college gymnastics, the Nissen-Emery Award will be presented at the 2018 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship Banquet in Chicago.
“Hunter has meant so much to the team during his four years at OU,” head coach Mark Williams said. “From being a team captain, winning three national titles and the energy he brings to the gym every day, he has really been fantastic for our program. For him to be recognized as one of the top seniors in college gymnastics is a well-deserved honor.”
Justus is a four-time NCAA All-American and was a part of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2017. As a part of three-straight national championship teams, the Cypress, Texas, native has not missed a single NCAA meet and the Sooners have not lost with Justus in the lineup, posting more than 80-straight victories.
Outside of the gym, Justus has been a model student, earning MPSF All-Academic and Academic All-Big 12 nods in 2016 and 2017 by maintaining a 3.334 GPA in energy management. Even with his strenuous schedule as a student-athlete, the senior finds time to give back to the community. He has volunteered at Cleveland Elementary each of his four years at OU, helping children further their education and teaching them about the sport of gymnastics.
As a part of three-straight national championship teams, Justus has not missed a single NCAA meet and the Sooners have not lost with Justus in the lineup, posting more than 80-straight victories.
Finalists of the Nissen-Emery Award are not only expected to be successful in the gym, they are expected to be an example of good sportsmanship and maintain a high standard of scholarship.
The Sooners boast seven Nissen-Emery Award winners, including three under head coach Mark Williams. Current assistant coach Steve Legendre is OU’s most recent recipient, winning the award in 2011.
In addition to Justus, Joel Gagnon of Minnesota, Austin Hodgins of Iowa, Kyle King of Nebraska, Sean Melton of Ohio State, Robert Neff of Stanford and Brandon Ngai of Illinois were named finalists.
OU returns to NCAA action for “Senior Night” on March 10 at 7 p.m. against California at McCasland Field House. The Sooners will honor Justus and Reese Rickett in the final home meet of their storied careers.
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