TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic department has selected Jessica Wells as the women's winner of the 2019-20 Ruel Fox Burns Blanket, as part of the Senior Honors and Recognition Awards released on Friday.
The Ruel Fox Burns Blanket Award is named after Ruel Fox Burns, a 1915 alumnus of Rose Polytechnic Institute. Burns was later a member of the Rose Polytechnic Board of Trustees who was very influential the growth of the Rose Polytechnic athletic programs. The award, presented annually since at least 1968, is given to the the top contributing senior male and female athletes over their four-year careers. This is the highest honor that the athletic department awards annually.
Wells was a four-time first-team all-HCAC selection in women's soccer and was also named the 2019 HCAC Player of the Year. Her honors also include 2016 HCAC Freshman of the Year and 2019 HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Wells completed her career with 44 goals, 29 assists and 117 points for the Rose-Hulman women's soccer team, including a single-season school record with 47 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 2019. She helped the 2019 Rose-Hulman women's soccer team qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament and was a two-time United Soccer Coaches all-region selection.
The two-sport athlete was also a member of three Rose-Hulman women's track and field HCAC championship teams in 2018 and 2019. She ranks No. 2 in school history in the 1,000-meter run and No. 3 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The Ruel Fox Burns Blanket awards are the last of nearly a dozen award winners that were named this week as part of the Senior Honors and Recognition Award series.