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Mettle Award Winners

Current Mettle Award Winner: Willie Lambert

Willie Lambert

Mettle Award Winners

2008: Willie Lambert
2007: Frank Weinhold
2006: Cheryl Haefele
2005: Ed Keller
2004: Norma Weiser
2003: Brad Rhoden
2002: Tony Estes
2001: Fred Clark & Wes Nicholson
2000: Dave Halferty
1999: Marla Rhoden
1998: Jim Edwards
1997: Karen Yokley
1996: Pete Ross-Gotta
1995: Bob Sample
1994: Angela (Ayala) McDaniel

The Mettle Award was first presented to Angela (Ayala) McDaniel in recognition of her courage to face the incredible challenge of training for and competing in the Leadville 100 (mile) Ultra-marathon. In doing so she undertook a challenge that few if any of the members of the Sunflower Striders would even dare to consider. Each year since then the Mettle Award has been used to honor someone who has either sought out such a new and uncommon challenge on their own or faced down incredible adversity.

The award is intended to recognize those that embody this definition and the spirit that Angela demonstrated: That no challenge is too great. Generally the award is given to one individual although multiple individuals have been honored some years. Only current Sunflower Striders members that have been active (paid dues) for at least two years are eligible for the award. Nominations should be typed or written and must be submitted to a Sunflower Striders’ board member before December 15. Each nomination should include the individual’s name and an explanation of how they have reflected the spirit of the Mettle Award through their perseverance in facing new and uncommon challenges. The past Mettle Award winners will be charged with selecting the next Mettle Award winner from the nominations, and will not be eligible to win the Mettle Award again. The previous winners will meet prior to January 15 with each previous winner eligible to cast one vote. The highest ranking club officer that has not won the Mettle Award and is not among the current year’s nominees, shall schedule this meeting, and distribute copies of nominations to previous Mettle winners. This officer will also preside over the meeting but will not have voting rights. The voters may discuss the nominees among themselves prior to voting, but only one vote shall be taken by secret ballot. Previous winners that are unable to attend the scheduled meeting may vote absentee prior to the selection meeting by submitting a sealed envelope to the officer that will preside over the meeting. The Mettle Award winner will be the nominee that receives the greatest number of votes. Only individuals nominated by another Sunflower Strider will be eligible for the award.

The award winner will be recognized at the Sunflower Striders’ banquet with a plaque and a copy of the nomination submitted on their behalf.

2017 Members

Tom & Joleen Arnhold
Stacie Baquero
John & Lila Bartel
Katie Baylie
John & Lettitia Bernard
George Bernheimer
Lana & Bob Best
Ben Bradshaw
Kevin Brown
David Burgoon
Michelle Carson
Rudy Chavez
Brad & Pam Clark
Scott Cook
Cassie Criger
Christine Cunningham
Mandy Davis
Heiko Detlefsen
Joshua Devlin
Mary Anne & Jared Durall
Mark Elliott
Taylor Evans
Neal & Karen Farron
Dana Ferrell
Mark Fisher
J.C. Garcia
Garry Gribbles - Tom Truhsdale
Garry Gribbles - Steve Sell
Garry Gribbles - Mckensie Bevins
Garry Gribbles - Cassie
Garry Gribbles - Monica Schragg
Garry Gribbles - Joe Schragg
Angie Gleason
Artie Gonzales
Lindsay Gress
James & Linda Griffin
Cheryl Haefele
Roger Hambold
Micah and Meagan Hawkinson
Irene Haws
Kristen Hearrell
Kiley Hickock
Misty Hight
Laura Hoerman
Sarah Hunter
Jeff Huss
Patty Hylton
Doug & Dorthy IIiff
Steve Ingersoll
Matthew Ishkanian
Jamie Kim
Daniel Kurtz
Clay Lang
Dennis Lawlor
Myron & Tandy Leinwetter
Jason, Glenn & Glenn Lewis
Rebaecca Litvak
Phillip Livingston and Eun Jin Kim
Jamie Mauer
Candi Meerpohl
Abby Moore
Dave Newbery
LeTiffany Obozele
Tim & Meredith Owen
Tim Ortiz
Nancy Perth
Tamara Peterson (Miller)
Claire Phillips
Gary Pratt
Brad & Marla Rhoden
Bethany Richardson
Angela Roberson
Michael Robins
Ashley Robinson-Evans
Donna Romans
Brent, Luke, Isaiah, Rebekah, Gabe Roper
Kjrsten Ruch
Elena Rusche
Suzanne Sawyer-Burris
Peg Schultz
Spencer Share
Eric & Vicki Smith
Lon Stanton
Charles & Christine Steinkuehler
Scott Steward
Steve Stumbaugh
Thad Sullivan
Kristen Thiessen
Barb, Leigha, Ron Thomas
Ken/Jan Tillery/Escola
Kelly Tosh
Kermit Trout
Roger Underwood
Bill, Brenda, Emily, Billy, Abby, and Sophie Wagemaker
Paul, Tracy & Marissa Wagner
TaNiqua Ward
Israel Wasserstein
Joshua and Skyler Watson
Les Watson
Jane Weiler
Norma Weiser
Bob & Sharon Wenger
Jackie Williams
Tim Willingham
Sara Wood
Bryan Yowell

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