SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Mustang senior left back Wes Feighner made athletics department history on Wednesday morning by becoming the first men's soccer player and just the second Cal Poly athlete to be named as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Feighner, a three-year captain who has started 54 of 55 games during his career, is one of 30 finalists for the honor, which recognizes outstanding performances in the classroom, community and on the playing field.
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"Wes is a top-flight young man of exceptional character," said sixth-year Cal Poly head coach Paul Holocher, whose Mustangs complete preparations for the upcoming season with a 5 p.m. home exhibition versus UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, Aug. 21. "We are very proud of his selection for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Wes embodies how to live a life of dignity, consistency and respect in the classroom, in the community and on the field."
A kinesiology major from Los Alamitos, Calif., Feighner was honored in March as Cal Poly's Big West Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2010-11 academic term. A seven-time selection to the Dean's List at Cal Poly, Feighner was also named to the Big West Academic Fall All-Conference team in 2009 and 2010.
On the field, Feighner earned All-Big West and NSCAA All-Far West Region second team praise last year after starting all 18 of Cal Poly's matches and compiling three assists. Feighner's disciplinary record is nearly spotless, with just one yellow card in 55 matches.
In the community, Feighner volunteers time for clinics at local schools through Cal Poly's Student of the Game program and has helped local AYSO coaches organize practices and strategize for matches. As a kinesiology major and through the department's PolyFIT program, Feighner helps administer body composition tests for students to be aware of potential cardiovascular disease and other health risks.
The list of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.
Cal Poly, which returns seven regular starters from last year's side that finished 8-7-3 overall and welcomes the nation's 27th-ranked incoming freshman class (CollegeSoccerNews.com), opens the 2011 regular season at Alex G. Spanos Stadium versus UNLV at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Softball player Anna Cahn (2008-11), the 2009 Big West Pitcher of the Year and 2010 Field Player of the Year, is the only other Cal Poly athlete to be named as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Cahn, also a native of Los Alamitos, earned her nomination this past spring.