(L-R) Adeline Gray, April Ross and Alix Klineman, and Trenton Cowles received Best of October honors.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during October earned archer Trenton Cowles (Tarzana, California), wrestler Adeline Gray (Denver, Colorado) and the beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman Best of October honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Cowles was the most accurate and consistent archer at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. On his way to winning the gold medal for Team USA, Cowles never scored lower than a 28/30 and never lost a single set of match play. He also won the mixed team bronze medal with Quinn Reddig of Namibia, helping Namibia win its first-ever medal at the Games.
Gray won the gold medal at 76 kg. at the World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The victory marked her fourth-career world gold medal, matching the record for the most by an American wrestler, male or female. Gray was dominant in one of the most challenging weight classes in the tournament, winning four matches against top stars on her way to victory.
Ross and Klineman earned two victories in October and garnered points toward 2020 Olympic qualification. On Oct. 7, they won the gold medal at the NORCECA Beach Tour Final in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, upending the top-seeded Canadian team in the finals. A week later, Ross and Klineman took first at the FIVB World Tour four-star event in Yangzhou, China.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by DICK’S Sporting Goods and USG.
About the Team USA Awards
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. An internal nominating committee selects five nominees from both the male and female categories, and three from the team category to advance to the voting round. Votes received from NGB representatives and select members of the media account for 50 percent of the final tally, with the other half determined by online fan voting via TeamUSA.org/Awards.