Cardinal student-athletes recognized with Athletic Board awards

Griffith and Prechtel


Wrestler SHANE GRIFFITH and women’s basketball player ASHTEN PRECHTEL were recently recognized with the Bob Murphy Award, given to student-athletes whose unforgettable performance in an athletic contest secures a place in Stanford Athletics history.

Griffith became the second wrestler in program history to capture an individual NCAA championship, producing a 6-2 decision in the NCAA final at 165 pounds. Seeded No. 8 overall, Griffith knocked off three other top-10 seeds during his tournament run, joining Hall of Famer Matt Gentry (2004) as the second individual NCAA champion in school history.

Prechtel played a pivotal role during Stanford’s NCAA championship run, highlighted by a clutch second-half performance in a 78-63 win over Louisville in the Elite 8. Despite not playing in the first half, Prechtel entered the game midway through the third quarter with the Cardinal trailing by 12. Prechtel provided a spark, scoring 16 second-half points in 16 minutes and changing the momentum as Stanford embarked on a 13-0 run to take the lead.

The Stanford Athletics Board Awards ceremony is held annually each June to celebrate the end of the athletic season and recognize the accomplishments of the Stanford teams and student-athletes. The awards include individual athletic success, academic achievements and commitments to leadership and community service.

Read about the awards on the Stanford Athletics website.