Sept. 29, 2010
ST. LOUIS - Emily Toennies and Dan Dunbar of Southern Illinois University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Toennies and Dunbar were honored for their performance during the period of September 20-26.
Now in its 12th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
"Prairie Farms is a long-time partner with this program which provides an important vehicle to recognize our top student-athletes," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 23rd year with The Valley. "We're happy to salute Emily (Toennies) and Dan (Dunbar) for their athletic and academic achievements."
A member of the SIU women's cross country team, Toennies, a senior from Breese, Ill., made quick work of the competition at the Saluki Invitational on Sept. 25, as she won the 5K race in a time of 18:09.70 and helpd Southern Illinois take the team title.
The Missouri Valley Conference Female Runner of the Week, Toennies, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average in biological sciences, finished an impressive 12 seconds ahead of teammate Megan Hoelscher and out-distanced third-place finisher Lauren Zeabart of Evansville by over a minute. Her time was the best at the meet since 2006 and the quickest by an SIU student-athlete at the Saluki Invitational since 2005.
A member of the SIU men's cross country team, Dunbar, a senior from O'Fallon, Ill., made his 2010 debut for the Salukis a successful one, as he captured the 8K race at the Saluki Invitational.
The MVC Male Runner of the Week, Dunbar, who has a 3.878 cumulative grade-point average in management, keyed SIU's team championship with a winning time of 25:29.60 and led a group of Salukis who posted three of the top four times.