(Senate - November 15, 2012)

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[Pages S6848-S6849]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []


  Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I rise today to salute Campbellsville 
University in Campbellsville, KY, for what is quite a long list of 
achievements they have received recently. Campbellsville athletics has 
taken the country by storm. Recently, four Campbellsville students won 
national championships in track and field, and the Campbellsville men's 
tennis team won a national championship. A school would be proud of 
having any one of these winning student-athletes as part of its 
number--for Campbellsville University to have them all is quite a feat.

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  Campbellsville's mascot is the Tigers, and the school is part of the 
National Christian College Athletic Association. Four students on the 
Tigers track and field team won five individual national titles this 
year. P.J. Randles won the triple-jump title at the NCCAA Men's Indoor 
Track & Field National Championships in February. Tiana Benjamin won 
the javelin title at the NCCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National 
Championships in May. Nathelie Zetrenne won the 100-meter hurdles title 
at the NCCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships this 
May. And Tiosha Beasley won both the long-jump and triple-jump titles 
at the NCCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in 
  P.J. Randles is the first student at Campbellsville to win an indoor 
track and field national title. Tiana Benjamin is the first women's 
track and field athlete to win a national title. And Tiosha Beasley was 
also an NAIA All-American at both the NAIA Indoor National 
Championships and NAIA Outdoor National Championships.
  The four women's national titles are the most individual national 
titles won in one meet by any sport. They are also the most individual 
national titles of any sports program at Campbellsville University. 
Since 2009, Campbellsville's men's and women's track and field has won 
eight individual NCCAA national titles.
  On top of these achievements are the tennis champions. The 
Campbellsville Tigers men's tennis team are the 2012 National Christian 
College Athletic Association national champions, and they are the first 
Tigers' program to win a team national championship, after the school 
reached the semifinals in 2009 and 2010. They swept through the NCCAA 
Tournament in Mobile, Ala., with a 5-0 record in the tournament after 
finishing the 2012 season with a school-record 19 wins and a 19-7 
overall record.
  In addition to its NCCAA championship, this is the first time a 
Campbellsville University men's tennis qualified for the NAIA 
Tournament as a team. The team finished runner-up in the Mid-South 
  I want to particularly congratulate head coach Kyle Caven, who was 
honored as the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year and NCCAA 
National Coach of the Year. Several tennis team members received honors 
as well. Carlos Anton was named to the NAIA All-America Second Team and 
the NCCAA All-America First Team. Pablo Numbela and Sebastian Marot 
were named to the NCCAA All-America First Team. Pontus Blom, Zac 
Maylon, and Alberto Diaz were all named to the NCCAA All-America Second 
Team. John Harbold was named a Mid-South Conference Champion of 
  The assistant coaches were Kelly Anderson and Phil Carlisle. The team 
also includes Terry Caven, Austin Colvier, Alfredo Bencid, David 
Castillo, Tyler Hyatt, Bradley Jeffries, Chase Padgett, and Austin 
  Campbellsville University is a leading Christian university of more 
than 3,500 students that is dedicated to educating its students and 
preparing them to be servant leaders. Their excellence in athletics is 
only matched by their dedication to instilling character and a love of 
learning. I want to congratulate Campbellsville University president 
Dr. Michael V. Carter, the school's faculty and staff, the athletics 
department, and all these wonderful student athletes for representing 
the very best of what Kentucky has to offer.