Bowling Green, Ky. —Over 250 student-athletes and support staff were recognized for their academic achievements at Western Kentucky University’s annual Academic Athletic Award Banquet, which was held Monday night on the main floor of E.A. Diddle Arena.
Women’s tennis player Christina Hall was selected the school’s 2007 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Troy Hawkins from the men’s golf team earned Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. In her final year on the Hill, Hall recorded a 10-3 singles record in dual match play while splitting time at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, and she also teamed with three different partners to post an 8-4 mark in doubles action. Hawkins averaged just under 76 strokes per round for the Hilltoppers — the defending Sun Belt Conference champion entering the spring — while posting a season-best 12th-place finish at the UTSA Invitational in October.
The women’s and men’s golf teams were chosen the Female and Male Scholar Teams of the Year, given to the team with the highest cumulative grade-point average for the year.
Five teams — men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and women’s track and field — were honored after earning Academic All-America accolades from their coaches associations. Chris Davies (men’s soccer), Jessica Delaunay (women’s track and field), Meredith Goodson (women’s soccer), Hawkins, Ty Rogers (men’s basketball), Marion Rumph (football) and Courtney Wood (women’s track and field) were recognized after earning Academic All-America or All-District honors from either the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) or their coaches association.
Amanda Adams (women’s cross country and track), Sarah Colbert (women’s golf), Veronick Cullen (women’s swimming), Will Fancher (men’s soccer), Alex Gennicks (women’s golf), Laura Graves (women’s swimming), Hall, Hawkins, Nicole Jaggers (women’s cross country and track), David Morse (men’s swimming) and Kim Wilkowski (women’s soccer) were honored as Senior Scholars, individuals who are graduating next month with a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Each individual invited to the event has either recorded a 3.0 GPA in one of the previous two semesters or has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Fourteen individuals posted a 4.0 GPA at least once in the last two semesters.