ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T student-athletes Joe Bindner (St. Peters, MO/Fort Zumwalt East HS) and Janie Arand (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) have been named as Missouri S&T's winners of the James B. Spalding Sportsmanship Award, as announced by the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2017-18 academic year.
Bindner, a member of the Miners' cross country and track & field programs and Arand, who played on the women's basketball team, were named as their sport's representatives for the award during the past year and they were selected out of the institution's nominees as the institution's individual award winners.
Bindner, who received his bachelor's degree in geological engineering earlier this month, was the Miners' top runner during the cross country season and earned second-team All-GLVC honors during the outdoor track season, finishing second in the 1,500-meters and third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to help the Miners win the conference championship.
Arand recently graduated from Missouri S&T with a degree in biological sciences and was the team's leading scorer during the 2017-18 campaign with an average of 15.9 points per game – the eighth-best mark in the GLVC – and was the conference's second-best free throw shoSpoter at 89.6 percent. Arand, a second-team All-GLVC selection, also became the 14th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and finished ninth on the all-time scoring list with 1,130 points.
The GLVC also announced Bellarmine as the winner of the James B. Spalding Sportsmanship Award on the team level with four of the Knights' teams earning the team awards during the course of the academic year. Missouri S&T's men's track & field team was the team sportsmanship award winner in that sport for the 2017-18 season.