Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics held its annual Academic Athletic Award Banquet Tuesday on the main floor of E.A. Diddle Arena, recognizing more than 260 student-athletes and support staff for their work in the classroom during the 2007 calendar year.
“I’m pleased that we are able to recognize so many student-athletes who work so hard to achieve what they do on and off the field,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig. “A lot of credit for having this kind of academic success goes to Dixie Mahurin and her staff. They’ve really invested themselves in making sure that WKU’s student-athletes are prepared to succeed in the classroom as well as they do in competition.”
Brittany Waiz and Mike Duncan from the tennis and cross country and track and field programs, respectively, were named WKU’s Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, while volleyball and men’s soccer were selected the Female and Male Scholar Teams of the Year based on their cumulative grade-point average.
Waiz, who hails from Floyds Knobs, Ind., collected 20 singles wins and 25 doubles victories during her career, including six wins this spring — in four of those wins, Waiz blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0. She played mainly at No. 3 singles for the Lady Toppers, who concluded the season with a 9-8 record.
A native of Henderson, Ky., Duncan is a member of the distance medley relay squad that scored at each of the last two Sun Belt Conference indoor championships, and he also scored points for the Hilltoppers in the mile run his sophomore season. His efforts have contributed to the Toppers winning the indoor meet in February, while he was also a member of the 2005 cross country squad that won the SBC title.
Twenty-six individuals from the school’s 13 programs were recognized for their induction into the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athletic honor society. They were: Cosmas Bor (men’s cross country/track and field), Cameron Brown (men’s swimming), Kristin Cocchiarella (women’s soccer), Kevin Dick (men’s cross country/track and field), Dustin Downey (men’s soccer), Samuel Drummond (men’s soccer), Erin Fulkerson (women’s tennis), Heather Hammond (women’s cross country/track and field), Drew Hawkins (men’s cross country/track and field), Marissa Heebner (women’s swimming), Kelly Hofmeyer (volleyball), Rana Johnson (women’s swimming), Jennifer Kempf (softball), Andrew McCloud (football), Whitney McCory (volleyball), Mitch Miller (men’s swimming), Ashley Moore (women’s cross country/track and field), Cate Morgan (women’s swimming), Ben Paxton (baseball), Nikki Ringelberg (women’s soccer), Victoria Sansom (women’s golf), Gavin Smellie (men’s cross country/track and field), Bo Smith (football), Clay Stephens (football), Stephanie Terrell (women’s swimming) and Andy True (men’s tennis).
To be inducted into the honor society, individuals must carry a 3.4 or better cumulative GPA, lettered in their sport and have at least junior standing academically.
Amanda Adams (women’s cross country/track and field), Jennifer Adams (women’s swimming), Wes Brown (men’s swimming), Dan Cline (football), Cocchiarella, Chris Davies (men’s soccer), Jessica Delaunay (women’s cross country/track and field), Rachel Friedman (women’s soccer), Meredith Goodson (women’s soccer), Hammond, Tyrell Hayden (football), Natalie Leeper (women’s cross country/track and field), Miller, Kellie Morrison (women’s cross country/track and field), Justin Perry (men’s golf), Marion Rumph (football) and Smith were also honored for earning Academic All-America or All-District recognition from either the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) or their coaches associations.
In addition, the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and volleyball teams were recognized for being selected Academic All-America squads by their coaches associations.
Individuals invited to the banquet have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or they posted a grade-point average of 3.0 or better in at least one of the last two semesters. That included 20 who recorded a 4.0 GPA in the fall or last spring.