Emerging from a stacked group of candidates, Cal Poly senior wrestler Boris Novachkov was named Cal Poly Men’s Student Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, and women’s basketball player Kristina Santiago picked up her second honor.
A three-time All-American who finished third in the NCAA Championships at 141 pounds this past season, Novachkov edged a group including Big West Conference baseball player of the year Mitch Haniger, Big West men’s tennis player of the year Andre Dome and fifth-round NFL Draft pick Asa Jackson.
Santiago won her second Big West player-of-the-year award this season. The senior from Righetti High also earned the conference’s highest honor in 2010, the previous time she was named Cal Poly Women’s Student Athlete of the Year.
Cal Poly also recognized its academic all-conference and academic All-America honorees at an awards banquet at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.