Track and Field earns most MVC Scholar-Athlete Awards in program history




    June 2, 2009

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    ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Missouri Valley Conference has announced the 2009 Outdoor Track & Field all-MVC and Scholar-Athlete teams, following the completion of the 2009 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship two weeks ago in Terre Haute, Ind., at Marks Field.

    Scholar-Athlete honors require performance standards to be met, as well as academic standards. Student-athletes with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a sophomore in athletic and academic standing who finish among the top-eight at either the MVC Indoor or Outdoor Track & Field Championships are included on the Scholar-Athlete team. To be named a member of the All-Conference team, student-athletes must finish in the top-three of any event at the MVC Championship meet.

    A total of 119 student-athletes were named to the 2009-09 Track & Field Scholar-Athlete team, with at least one athlete from each Valley school earning the honor. Southern Illinois and Wichita State led the way with 26 student-athletes being named to the Scholar-Athlete team.

    The Saluki program had the most scholar-athletes honored in program history for both the men's and women's teams. The women garnered 15 honorees, the men, 11. In 1998, the men's team earned nine scholar-athletes. Back in 2002, the women recorded a best 11 nominations.

    Southern Illinois All-Missouri Valley Conference honorees
    Stephen Arvanis - 800m, 4x400m Relay
    Alisa Baron - 400m, 4x400m Relay
    Kim Beardwood - 800m
    Gwen Berry - Hammer Throw
    # Sammy Biggs - 4x400m Relay
    Terri Counts - 100m Hurdles
    Geoffrey Daniel - Triple Jump
    ^ Tredene Davis - 4x400m Relay
    Jake Deiters - Discus Throw
    # Kendra Deck - 400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay
    ^ Meredith Hayes - 100m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay
    Justin Kozak - 4x400m Relay
    ^ Sasha Leeth - Hammer Throw
    Malaikah Love - Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4x100m Relay
    Jeneva McCall - Hammer Throw, Shot Put, Discus Throw
    # Mohamed Mohamed - 10,000m, 5,000m
    ^ Jason Ordway - 3,000m Steeplechase
    Joe Paradiso - Hammer Throw, Shot Put
    # Jeff Schirmer - 10,000m, 5,000m
    # Bianca Stuart - Long Jump, 4x100m Relay
    ^ Thomas Smith - Hammer Throw
    Miracle Thompson - 4x100m Relay
    # Stevie Warren - 100m, 200m, 4x400m Relay
    Nefeteri Williams - 400m Hurdles, 4x400m Relay

     

     

    ^ denotes two-time Outdoor All-MVC
    # denotes three-time Outdoor All-MVC

    Southern Illinois Women's Scholar-Athletes
    * Judeka Adams, Jr., 3.34, Social Work
    Kim Beardwood, Jr., 3.40, Elementary Education
    Gwen Berry, So., 3.11, Psychology
    Olga Ciura, So., 3.77, Aviation Flight
    Tredene Davis, So., 3.73, Human Nutrition & Dietetics
    Kendra Deck, Jr., 3.11, Radio/Television
    Ryan Eichelberger, So., 3.12, Recreation
    Meredith Hayes, So., 3.47, Marketing
    Megan Hoelscher, So., 3.77, Civil Engineering
    * Sasha Leeth, Jr., 3.09, Administration of Justice
    ** Bianca Stuart, Sr., 3.58, Dental Hygiene
    Miracle Thompson, So., 3.60, Recreation
    Emily Toennies, So., 4.00, Biological Sciences
    * Toni Whitfield, Jr., 4.00, Civil Engineering
    * Nefeteri Williams, Jr., 3.21, Social Work

    Southern Illinois Men's Scholar-Athletes
    Stephen Arvanis, So., 3.49, Math Education
    Jake Deiters, So., 3.35, Management
    Kyle Kirchner, So., 3.15, Biological Sciences
    Willie Knox, So., 3.08, Accounting
    Greg McBride, Jr., 3.96, Civil Engineering
    * Jason Ordway, Jr., 3.92, Physiology
    * Joe Paradiso, Jr., 3.46, Radiological Sciences
    Tim Robberstad, So., 3.66, History
    * Jeff Schirmer, Jr., 3.20, Accounting
    Ryan Shumaker, Jr., 3.29, Management
    Brad Wrage, So., 3.69, Mechanical Engineering

    * denotes two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete
    ** denotes three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete

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