Thirty-Eight UTEP Student-Athletes to Graduate This Weekend
May 10, 2011
A record 38 past and present UTEP student-athletes will earn their degrees from the university on Saturday.
Leading the way is the Miner football program with 14 graduates. Nine graduates hail from track & field, five from men's basketball, two each from women's golf, softball and soccer, and one each from women's basketball, men's golf, women's rifle and women's tennis.
The list includes six student-athletes who will carry eligibility into the 2011-12 athletic year - football's Russell Carr, Julio Lopez, Paul Santillan, Mike Scott and Jeremy Springer, and track & field's Suji Adeniyan.
Headlining the list of football graduates is Donald Buckram, the school's no. 7 all-time leading rusher with 2,417 yards. Buckram set a UTEP single-season record by running for 1,594 yards on his way to earning first team All-Conference USA honors in 2009.
Christian Polk and Jeremy Williams, who both had double-figure scoring averages for a UTEP basketball team that racked up 25 wins this season, will be graduating as well. Also picking up a diploma will be Greg Foster, who enjoyed a lengthy NBA career (1990-2003) after playing two seasons with the Miners (1988-90). Foster returned to El Paso to complete his degree work and spent the last year working with the UTEP team as an undergraduate student assistant.
Melissa Desilets and Tameka Sumter were both major contributors to the Miner soccer program in recent years. Desilets, the recipient of the Golden Miner Award at this year's "Dinner With the Miners" banquet, ranks third in school history for minutes played (6,752), fifth for games started (77) and tied for sixth for games played (82). Sumter, a two-time first team All-Conference USA selection, ranks second in school history in points (98) and goals (43), and tied for second in game-winning goals (10).
Rifle's Josie Burzynski advanced to the NCAA Championships as an individual in 2009. She was ranked 18th in the country in air rifle that year.
A full list of UTEP's May 2011 graduating student-athletes follows.
May 2011 UTEP Graduating Student-Athletes