UOG honors current athletes

RECOGNITION:: From left: Elisha Benavente, Logan Hopkins, Ariya Cruz, Niah Siguenza, Jan-Nasia Travilla, Isla Quinata, and Sopheary Soun are honored during a Champions of Triton Athletics exhibit at the University of Guam on Tuesday. Thirteen Triton student-athletes were recognized. Photo courtesy of Victor Consaga/UOG Triton Athletics

The University of Guam on Tuesday unveiled its exhibit “Champions of Triton Athletics” at the UOG Calvo Field House.

The exhibit, a hallway of poster-sized action photos, features current Triton athletes.

“These are a hard-working group of student-athletes who not only excel athletically, but are also role models for teamwork and leadership for their teams, and the UOG student body,” said Doug Palmer, UOG athletic director. “This display is a preview of some of the faces that may someday be in our Hall of Fame.”

After brief opening remarks from UOG President Thomas W. Krise, men’s basketball player Logan Hopkins addressed the audience.

“Triton Athletics is developing more and becoming more like colleges in the states,” said Hopkins, who transferred to UOG from the University of Texas. “It’s going to be a fun experience, in my next four years, to see how far Triton Athletics can take it.”

Jan-Nasia Travilla, a Triton athlete from Saipan, also spoke about being part of the women’s basketball team.

“It’s an honor to be part of a program that has finally come back after a 20-year hiatus,” Travill said. “In the beginning of the season, it was a bit of a challenge for me, considering that most of my teammates had already played with each other in high school, but they were very welcoming.”