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Ute Seniors Bid Farewell To Program

Glennis Donnelly, Heather Bowlin and Melissa Stahnke concluded their Ute careers at the NCAA Regional last week.

Glennis Donnelly, Heather Bowlin and Melissa Stahnke concluded their Ute careers at the NCAA Regional last week.

May 27, 2004

The Utes say goodbye to three seniors this year. Here is a look at the careers those four seniors compiled.

Heather Bowlin
Lee's Summit, Mo.

Bowlin was a four-year letterwinner for the Utes. She started 73 games during the course of her career and made 102 appearances. Her career high was seven strikeouts, which she reached three times.

The Missouri native was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week twice and academic all-MWC three times. A fourth academic honor is likely around the corner for Bowlin, who recently graduated in mass communications with a public relations emphasis. She was also named an NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete in 2003. She served as the Ute Student-Athlete Advisory Committee secretary this past year.

Glennis Donnelly
St. Louis, Mo.

Donnelly joined the Utes last year as an All-American juco transfer. She earned all-league honors and was named MWC Player of the Week once. This year, she repeated as an all-league and Player of the Week selection. She led the Mountain with a .760 slugging percentage, 50 RBI and 19 home runs. Donnelly also connected for 17 doubles to tie the Ute single season record set by Sunny Smith in 2001. Her 110 hits over two years helped her comprise a .321 batting average as a Ute.

The Missouri native will finish up her economics degree this fall. She will also join the Ute soccer team as a backup goalkeeper.

Melissa Stahnke
Ridgefield, Wash.

Stahnke, who started every game during her four years, leaves Utah as one of the best power hitters to play for the program. She ranks as the career home run leader with 49, while being second in RBI (162), third in walks (89) and fifth in doubles (40). Her 49 home runs ranks in the NCAA Top 20. Stahnke knocked 222 hits during her career to help make for a career batting average of .313. The Washington native also holds four Ute single season records, including home runs (22), RBI (67), total bases (150) and slugging percentage (.761).

Stahnke earned all-Mountain West Conference honors in 2001, '02 and '04, and was twice named to the all-West region team. She was also a three-time MWC Player of the Week honoree.

In the classroom, Stahnke was equally successful. She is a three-time academic all-district VIII award winner, and a 2003 NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. Stahnke was also a three-time academic all-league team member, with a fourth honor likely awaiting her later this year. She will graduate next spring with a degree in elementary education.



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