HOMETOWN: CORNELIUS, OREGON CLASS: JUNIOR
MAJOR: HEALTH PROMOTION SPORT: SOFTBALL
UTEP softball’s Courtney Clayton is the epitome of a student-athlete. Clayton was named the 2016 Conference USA Softball Player
of the Year after producing big numbers in 2016 as a sophomore. But not only does she excel on the field, Clayton has maintained a GPA over 3.9 in the classroom.
The Cornelius, Oregon native set the UTEP softball single- season record by connecting on 79 hits and 21 doubles
in 2016. Clayton was announced as the C-USA Player of the Year and was named All-C-USA first team prior to
the C-USA Softball Tournament. Clayton hit .416 – the third best average in program history – with seven long balls and 35 RBI. Her phenomenal effort helped surge
the Miners to their first-ever winning conference record and into the C-USA tournament for the first time since 2010. Not only did UTEP earn a spot in the tourney, it also rallied to beat Florida International University, 5-4, in the first round, giving the program its first postseason victory since 2009.
Clayton’s outstanding work in the classroom hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the health promotion major was named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was recognized as a C-USA Academic Medalist in 2015 and 2016. She was recently named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, and acknowledged as an NFCA Scholar-Athlete for the past two academic years.
The junior infielder arrived in the Sun City in fall 2014 and made her presence known during her freshman campaign in 2015. She was named to the C-USA All- Freshman team after she hit over .300 with seven dingers and 30 RBI.
It will be a treat for Miner fans to witness Clayton
don the uniform of the Orange and Blue on the softball diamond in 2017 and 2018 before she puts on her cap and grown for graduation. - Drew Bonney
HOMETOWN: CORTLAND, NEBRASKA CLASS: SENIOR
The UTEP rifle program has a proud history, including capturing the school’s first national championship during the 1952- 53 season – 13 years prior to the men’s 1966 NCAA basketball title.
In 1994-95 the Miners became an all-female squad, and since then there have been many talented ladies representing UTEP. Continuing that tradition today is senior Rachael Schoenrock, who is one of the best and most determined shooters on the range in program history.
Schoenrock lives to compete, and her achievements are also raising awareness for the sport on campus and
in El Paso. Since embarking on her career for the 2013-14 season, the Cortland, Nebraska, native has been a standout performer for the Miners.
Schoenrock is responsible for four of the top-10 individual smallbore scores in program history. She fired a personal-best 588 at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks on Feb. 18, 2016, which tied for third all-time at the school. Schoenrock also has scores of 585 (at Texas Christian University in 2015) and 584 (vs. Ohio State in 2016 and
vs. the University of Nevada in 2015) to her credit in the difficult shooting discipline.
Schoenrock also claims two of the top-five aggregate scores in Miner history. Her effort of 1,176 at Alaska- Fairbanks on Feb. 18, 2016, ranks second and the score of 1,172 at Nevada on Oct. 4, 2015, is tied for fourth.
This season Schoenrock has the best average aggregate (1,154) and smallbore average (572) on the squad while placing second with an air rifle average of 582. Her hard work has helped UTEP post three of the top-10 team air rifle scores in program history.
Off the range, Schoenrock proudly serves the United States as a member of the Texas Army National Guard. Upon graduation from UTEP in December 2017, the kinesiology major has aspirations to become a nature and wildlife conservation officer. - Mark Brunner