Crail, Travieso Receive Athletico Comeback Award

Waldorf University’s Mia Crail and Otto Travieso were honored with the Athletico Comeback Athlete Award during the annual Student-Athlete Recognition Ceremony on Thursday at Hanson Fieldhouse.

The award, which is in its second year, was presented by Waldorf head athletic trainer Heidi Laube and members of the athletic training staff who are contracted through Athletico Physical Therapy.

The award is presented to a male and female student-athlete who have faced medical adversity and successfully returned to their respective team. To be nominated, a student-athlete had to be an active member of a team during the 2016-17 academic year, be in good academic standing, have a significant and impressive comeback from a serious injury or illness, remain compliant and dedicated to treatment in the physical therapy clinic and athletic training room while successfully returning to competition and demonstrating good sportsmanship on and off the field.

Crail, a member of the women’s soccer team, bounced back as a senior following a season-ending ankle injury during her junior year. She completed many hours in the athletic training room and physical therapy clinic, ensuring she would be able to compete as a senior despite having two completely torn ligaments and physicians advising surgery. Crail’s hard work and perseverance both on and off the field allowed her to push through with a competitive final season. Throughout her career as a four-year starter at Waldorf, she always provided significant support to the team. Crail also served as a team captain and was named homecoming queen as a senior. She was honored as an All-Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) First-Team selection as a freshman and was named to the All-MCAC Second Team as a sophomore. Crail concluded her career with the Warriors ranking second all-time in school history with 53 points, tied for third with 20 goals and sits in third with 13 assists. The forward from Mililani, Hawaii is third in goals per match (0.290), fourth in points per match (0.768) and fifth in assists per match (0.19) among Waldorf’s career leaders. Crail amassed 22 points as a freshman during the 2013 campaign, which tied for third among single-season school records. She ranks third in single-match records, producing two assists on two different occasions that season to become one of three players in Waldorf history to record multi-assist matches. Crail also registered five points in a match during her first collegiate season, which ranks fifth among the school’s single-match records. Her performances that year rank high in Waldorf’s single-season record books, landing her in fifth with 1.22 points per match and seventh with 0.44 goals per match. Crail tied for eighth among single-season school records with seven goals during the 2014 campaign. Her hard work, leadership and infectious personality will be missed both on and off the field.

Travieso, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound junior defensive tackle from Miami, reported to training camp for the football team as a sophomore with a post-surgical ACL repair. The repair failed him midseason, but it was his mental toughness that provided him with the fight to attempt to finish the season. Eventually, Travieso was unable to continue playing football and moved forward with surgery. After several months of rehab in the athletic training room and in the physical therapy clinic, it was time for him to return to his physician. While most athletes get the green light to continue therapy, Travieso received the news that his knee had failed him despite all of his hard work. He then underwent a third ACL surgery. When most athletes would have given up, he continued to be positive and remained an active member of the team. Travieso continued to work hard, putting in countless hours in the athletic training room and physical therapy clinic in order to return to his team. Despite his continued perseverance, a follow-up appointment with his surgeon revealed that his knee had failed him once again and that continuing football would not be in his best interest. Although it isn’t the typical comeback since Travieso will never return to competition, he has found a new passion. He continues to be an active member for the team, helping on and off the field as an intern in the athletic training room and serving as a student coach for the Warriors.

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