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ESU names Nault Student-Athlete of the Year for 2019

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ESU names Nault Student-Athlete of the Year for 2019

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    TOP HONOR - Kingfisher’s Landon Nault, left, was recently named the Emporia State University Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He’s pictured with Brianna Schmitz, the female winner, and Kent Weiser, Emporia State athletic director. [Photo provided]

School record holders and All-Americans were honored during the inaugural Corky’s - A Student-Athlete Celebration recently at Emporia State University.

More than 90 Hornet senior student-athletes and support staff were recognized for their contributions to ESU and the Hornet athletic program.

One of the top honors went to Kingfisher’s Landon Nault, who was named the male Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.

Brianna Schmitz, a track and field athlete from Hiawatha, Kan., won the honor for females.

The Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year Award is presented annually to deserving male and female student-athletes based upon their performance over time, athletic achievement, academic success and contribution to the team.

Nault wrapped up his football career with the Hornets last fall.

He led the MIAA in rushing and earned second-team All-MIAA honors last fall.  He had 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground for Emporia State and was the first Hornet with over 1,000 yards in over a decade as he helped lead the Hornets to the Corsicana Bowl championship.

Nault finished sixth in Emporia State history with 3,026 career rushing yards, despite playing in an offense that featured the first and second ranked passers in school history along with the most prolific pass catcher in hornet history.

He was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy and was a two time CoSIDA Academic All-American. He graduated with a 3.97 GPA in biology.

Nault graduated from KHS in 2014 as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns scored.

He earned a number of honors while helping guide KHS to the 2013 Class 3A football state championship, including becoming a national finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

His parents, Francis and Sabrina Nault, were at the ESU banquet at which Nault was honored.