Class, Community and Competition

Grizzly Cup recipients shine as student-athletes


Sammy Evans lands in the sand pit after a triple-jump.
Sammy Evans lands in the sand pit after a triple-jump.
Brandon Gfeller

UM’s Sammy Evans and Brandon Gfeller recently were announced as the winners of the Grizzly Cup, which was first awarded in 1921.

The cup has no defined list of criteria other than the recipients must have excelled in all three phases of being a student-athlete: in the classroom, in the community and during competition.

Evans, a Havre native, is a standout for UM’s track and field program. Heading into this year’s Big Sky Conference Championships, she had already won five league titles in the jumps – four in the triple, one in the long – and holds three school records. Evans has a 3.08 GPA as a health and human performance major. After her collegiate track and field career is complete – hopefully not until after she has competed at the NCAA Championships in June – Evans plans on moving to Arizona to pursue a career as a personal trainer and continue competing.

Gfeller, a guard from Colfax, Washington, graduated with a degree in accounting as one of UM’s all-time great three-point shooters, finishing his career with 203 made shots from deep. He also is a four-time Academic All-Big Sky selection. He became the first player in UM basketball history to earn the Allan Nielsen Award – given to the player who best represents Grizzly basketball – for a fourth consecutive year.

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