MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois Leatherneck student-athletes turned in a 3.046 cumulative GPA during the Spring 2011 semester, extending the unprecedented streak of academic success. Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine announced Thursday (June 2) that for the fifth consecutive semester student-athletes exceeded the 3.0 GPA mark.
Nearly 55 percent (204-of-372) of Western student-athletes achieved a 3.0 grade point average or above, 87 student-athletes earned University Honors at 3.60 GPA and 29 finished with a 4.0 GPA (12.8 percent).
The Athletics Department's 3.046 GPA surpassed the University's GPA of 2.947.
Western's volleyball program earned the top semester GPA at 3.64, followed by women's soccer (3.55), women's cross country (3.52), women's golf (3.35), softball (3.20) and track and field (3.20) among the top grade point averages on the women's side. All nine women's sport programs achieved a 3.06 or higher team GPA.
Cross Country led the Leatherneck men's programs at a 3.34 GPA. Men's Golf (3.15), tennis (3.10), track and field (3.08) and soccer (3.05) were the 'Top 5' programs on their side.
"With a fifth consecutive semester GPA above 3.0, Western
Illinois student-athletes continue to show their dedication to academic
excellence. Our coaches are bringing in recruits ready to meet the demands of
being a successful student and athlete. Once on campus, the Athletic Academic
Services department has done a great job encouraging and supporting our
student-athletes in their academic endeavors," said Van Alstine.
Western Illinois Spring 2011 Semester 4.0 GPA
Matt Barr, Football
Colleen Biebel, Softball
Sarah Blaase, Women's Soccer
Amy Byers, Women's Track and Field
Molly Carrignan, Women's Swimming/Diving
Kara Chicoine, Women's Tennis
Carianna Cottone, Women's Track and Field
Abby Davis, Women's Soccer
Josh Davis, Men's Swimming/DivingKyle Glazier, Football
Mackenzie Gray, Women's Track and Field
Jenny Green, Women's Soccer
Justin Hamilton, Football
Taylor Henning, Women's Soccer
Jeff Liles, Men's Track and Field
Randon Lingle, Baseball
Laura Lins, Women's Soccer
Ashley Lord, Women's Basketball
Wil Lunt, Football
Chelsea Lynes, Women's Track and Field
Jennika Myers, Women's Soccer
Rick Richardson, Football
Kevin Ross, Men's Soccer
Heather Smith, Volleyball
Jordan Spaciel, Women's Soccer
Meg Toczek, Volleyball
Jessica Walsh, Women's Soccer