Area athletes receive honors
Several local college athletes and teams earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors for the 2012-13 school year.
For Division I, Washington State had 11 athletes make the list, Eastern Washington had five and Gonzaga had three.
Ten Whitworth athletes earned division III recognition.
Additionally, Gonzaga’s men’s and women’s track and field team and the WSU women’s track and field team earned All-Academic Team honors for Division I and the Pirates’ men’s and women’s track and field teams earned All-Academic Team honors for Division III.
The Washington State women posted a cumulative GPA off 3.18 and were one of nine Pac-12 schools to earn team recognition. Gonzaga’s women had a 3.43 GPA and the Bulldogs men posted a 3.2 GPA. Teams must carry a 3.00 cumulative GPA to make the list.
The Whitworth women ranked fifth in division III with a team GPA of 3.55. The men were among 80 schools to earn the honor as a result of earning a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or better.
Washington State individuals: Kelsey Bueno, Christine Ekelem, Kristine Felix, Dominique Keel, Holly Parent, Ruby Roberts, Celena Ward, Courtney Zalud, Drew Jordan, Andrew Kimpel and Todd Wakefield.
Whitworth individuals: Christina Dobbins, Dakota Kliamovich, Rachel Palmquist, Cassidy Stevick, Kerry Wright, Tyler Coopman, Peter Delap, Joseph Green, Frank Lima and Casey Monahan.
Eastern Washington individuals: Michelle Coombs, Cora Kellerman, Keisa Monterola, Robin Taylor and Emma Murillo.
Gonzaga individuals: Emily Thomas, Lindsey Drake and Brent Felnagle.
• Gonzaga had 195 student-athletes make the West Coast Commissioner Honor Roll.
The Bulldogs had 29 receive gold status (4.0-3.75 grade-point average), 45 silver recipients (3.74-3.50 GPA) and 121 bronze (3.49 to 3.0 GPA).
GU was led by men’s basketball player Kelly Olynyk and men’s cross country runner Andrew Walker, who both posted GPA’s of 4.0.
• Five local athletes received the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletics Representative’s Scholar-Athlete award for the 2012-13 school year.
To qualify for the honor, student-athletes need to have a grade-point average of 3.85 or better. The local athletes included Deer Park graduate Reid White (Northwest Nazarene, 3.96), Ferris’ Riley Stockton (Seattle Pacific, 3.86), Colville’s Erin Little (Central Washington, 3.85), Mead’s Dani Eldridge (Saint Martin’s, 3.92) and Shadle Park’s Mary Rogers (Western Washington, 3.88).
Western Washington’s Kayla Bernsen (Moses Lake) will miss the 2013-14 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
Hayden, Idaho’s Haley Loffer took second place in the 11-12-year-old Girls’ Softball Division of the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition.
Age division winners of the youth skills competition were anounced July 15 at Citi Field in New York. More than 685,000 youth boys and girls participated in more than 4,000 competitions across North America.