MISSOULA — Montana held its annual Scholar-Athlete Honors Banquet on Monday evening, and coming away with the top individual honors were Erika McLeod (track & field) and Michael Oguine, who were named this year’s Grizzly Cup award winners.
Highlighting many of Montana’s most-recognized student-athletes over nearly a century, the annual award is given to the top all-around senior student-athletes — given to one female and one male.
The honor was initially presented to three-sport athlete Larry Higbee, in 1921, and was awarded to Montana’s top male senior student-athlete nearly every year through 1987. It was reinstated in 2009 and over the past decade has been given to both the top male and female senior student-athletes.
The award was initiated by Dr. W.E. Schreiber, who served as the head of UM’s physical education department for several years.
McLeod, a native of Butte, is one of the most-decorated athletes in program history. With the Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field Championships still ahead, McLeod has already won four individual titles and holds two school records. Nothing, though, compares to her performance at the Big Sky Indoor Track & Field Championships this past February.
Competing in the pentathlon, McLeod set Montana, Big Sky and Championship records to win the event for the third time in her career. Her performance was so strong that she earned the meet’s Outstanding Performer award — also for the third time — and received an invitation to the NCAA Championships, being ranked 11th in the nation at the time.
In addition to her three pentathlon titles, McLeod is also a Big Sky champion in the heptathlon and indoor long jump. During her career, she has scored 15 times and has reached the podium on eight occasions.
McLeod will graduate in May with a degree in psychology.
Oguine did it all for the Montana basketball team, helping the Grizzlies earn back-to-back Big Sky regular-season titles, tournament championships and NCAA tournament berths. The Grizzlies won a school-record 52 games over the past two seasons, and during Oguine’s four-year career won 89 contests (second-best four-year stretch in school history).
As a selfless player who was willing to mold his game for the team’s benefit, Oguine still finished his career ranked seventh for career scoring, third for career steals and first for career games started. During the 2018-19 season, he was one of six active players in NCAA Division I basketball with more than 1,500 career points, 600 rebounds and 350 steals.
He was three times named an all-conference player, also being selected as the league’s top defensive player and Big Sky tournament MVP in 2018. Off the court, he was a four-time Academic All-Big Sky honoree. Oguine will graduate next month with a degree in business marketing.
This marks the third year in a row that a basketball player has earned the male Grizzly Cup award, and the eighth time in the past 11 years since the award was reinstated.
— Montana Sports Information
Grizzly Cup winners
1921: Larry Higbee (football/basketball/baseball)
1922: Gil Porter (football/basketball/track)
1923: Gil Porter (football/basketball/baseball/track)
1924: Angus “Cammie” Meagher (football/baseball)
1925: Russ Sweet (football/basketball/track)
1926: Ted “Chief” Illman (football/basketball/baseball)
1927: Clarence Coyle (football/basketball/track)
1928: Ed Chinske (football/basketball/baseball)
1929: Tom Davis (football/track)
1930: Ray Lewis (football)
1931: Glenn Lockwood (basketball/track)
1932: Lowell Dailey (football)
1933: Dale Hinman (football/basketball)
1934: Al Dahlberg (football/basketball/track)
1935: Naseby Rhinehart Sr. (football/basketball/track)
1936: Henry Blastic (football/basketball)
1938: Bill Lazetich (football/basketball/track)
1940: Bob Thornally (football)
1941: Tom O’Donnell (football)
1942: Bill Jones (football/basketball)
1943: Henry Dahmer (football)
1948: Charles “Timer” Moses (basketball)
1949: John Helding (football/basketball/baseball)
1950: Jack O’Loughlin (football/baseball)
1951: Ray Bauer (football)
1952: Robert “Lefty” Byrne (football/basketball/baseball)
1953: Jack Luckman (basketball/track)
1954: Ed Anderson (football/basketball/baseball)
1955: Murdo Campbell (football/baseball)
1956: Dale Shupe (football/track)
1957: Don Williamson (football/baseball)
1958: Naseby Rhinehart Jr. (football/track)
1959: Mike Granbois (track)
1960: Rudy Ruana (skiing)
1961-62: Bob O’Billovich (football/basketball/baseball)
1963: Paul D. Miller (football)
1964: Tim Aldrich (basketball)
1965: William M. Rice (basketball/track)
1966: Gary B. Peck (basketball/baseball)
1967: Greg Hanson (basketball)
1968: Willie Jones (football/track)
1969: Mick Harrington (track)
1970: Roy Robinson (football/track)
1971: Lonzo Lewis (football/basketball)
1972: Steve Okoniewski (football)
1973: Earl Tye (basketball)
1974: Robin Selvig (basketball)
1975: Rock Svennungsen (football)
1976: Dean Erhard (track/cross country)
1977: Marsha Hamilton (gymnastics/track)
1978: Tim Kerr (football)
1979: Ed Cerkovnik (football)
1980: Craig Zanon (basketball)
1981: Rocky Klever (football)
1982: Greg Iseman (football)
1983: Brian Salonen (football)
1984-86: Larry Krystkowiak (basketball)
1987: Scott Zanon (basketball/track/football)
1988-2008: No Grizzly Cup awarded
2009: Jordan Hasquet (basketball), Jade Roskam (volleyball)
2010: Anthony Johnson (basketball), Lauren Beck (basketball)
2011: Erik Stoll (football), Jaimie Thibeault (volleyball)
2012: Bryan Waldhauser (football), Katrina Drennen (cross country/track and field)
2013: Mathias Ward (basketball), Olivia Weber (golf)
2014: Brock Coyle (football), Jordan Sullivan (basketball)
2015: Jordan Gregory (basketball), Brooke Moody (soccer)
2016: Tyrone Holmes (football), McCalle Feller (basketball)
2017: Brandon Gfeller (basketball), Sammy Evans (track and field)
2018: Fabijan Krslovic (basketball), Delene Colburn (softball)
2019: Michael Oguine (basketball), Erika McLeod (track and field)