Paschal, Conrad headline 2019 CATSPY’s


ESPN’s Holly Rowe hugs Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen after he receives the Heart of a Wildcat award presented at the Catspys on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Every year, the CATSPY awards are held to honor UK Athletics’ stars, and they couldn’t have been much brighter this year. The winners and nominees of each award given out on Monday night are listed below:

Community Service Award

C.J. Conrad (Football)

Morgan Duerr (Rifle)


Bill Keightley Assist Award

Randy Gregory (Men’s Basketball)


Scholar-Athletes of the Year (all 4.0 GPA)

Katie Reed (Softball)

Miles Butler (Football)

Blake Best (Football)

Marshall Gei (Baseball)


Academic Teams of the Year

Women’s Swimming (3.59 GPA)

Men’s Golf (3.63 GPA)


Scratch Award for Best Walk-On Athlete

Cole Guindon (Men’s Soccer) – winner

Danaea Davis (Gymnastics)

McKenzie Watson (Volleyball) – winner

Caroline Newland – women’s soccer

Supporting Role

Meredith Jewell (Volleyball) – winner

Katie Stuart (Gymnastics) – winner

Reid Travis (Men’s Basketball) – winner

Sarah Siekkinen (Women’s Soccer)

David Bouvier (Football) – winner

Haley McInerny (Swimming)

Marshall Gei (Baseball)

Cesar Bourgois (Tennis)

Rachael Metzger (Softball)

Jason Head (Swimming)

Lashae Halsel (Women’s Basketball)

Rookie of the Year (Female)

Alli Stumler (Volleyball)

Casey Ott (Golf)

Grace Baalman (Softball)

Rhyne Howard (Women’s Basketball) – winner

Tiphanie Fiquet (Tennis)

Kyndal Knight (Swimming)

Abby Steiner (Track)

Rookie of the Year (Male)

Jason Reyes (Soccer) – winner

Keldon Johnson (Men’s Basketball) – winner

Terry Wilson (Football) – winner

Tyler Herro (Men’s Basketball) – winner

Will Shaner (Rifle) – winner

Dwight St. Hillaire (Track) – winner

Danny Zhang (Dive) – winner


Blue Heart Award for Perseverance through Injury

Aime Mabika (Men’s Soccer)

Ogechi Anyagaligbo (Women’s Basketball)


Heart of a Wildcat Award

Joshua Paschal (Football)

The presentation of this award was done by ESPN’s Holly Rowe. She cried as she recounted how Paschal had to undergo treatments for malignant melanoma on the bottom of his foot. She said that she and Paschal wrote his acceptance speech together. He limped up to the stage, with help from others. He was unable to give his speech verbally, because he had treatments earlier that day. Rowe read it for him.

Elite Team Award

Women’s Track


Men’s Soccer



Miss Wildcat

Katie Reed (Softball)

Asia Seidt (Swimming)


Mr. Wildcat

C.J. Conrad (Football)


UK Deputy Athletic Director DeWayne Peevy and football SID Tony Neely also announced the 2019 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class, headlined by DeMarcus Cousins (2010) and Andre Woodson (2004-07). The full list is below:

DeMarcus Cousins (Men’s Basketball, 2010)

Andre Woodson (Football, 2004-07)

Henri Junghanel (Rifle, 2010-13)

A’Dia Mathies (Women’s Basketball, 2010-13)

Vic Nelson (Track, 1968-71)

Don Weber (Track, 1968-72, Coach 1978-2012)