ELMHURST, Ill. - The Western Illinois Fighting Leathernecks had 54 student-athletes make the Summit League Fall Academic All-League Team as announced on Thursday (January 26).
A total of 517 student-athletes earned recognition from the Summit League. Oakland led the way with 62 Grizzlies making the list, followed by IUPUI with 59. Western Illinois had the third highest amount selected.
Qualifying student-athletes earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during their fall competition season and used a year of eligibility. Those earning a 3.6 grade point average or higher were tabbed Distinguished Scholars.
"Our fall sport programs continue to exceed academic expectations based on the number of All-League Distinguished Scholar selections," Senior Women's Administrator Lisa Melz-Jennings said. "They are truly the epitome of the term student-athlete, and we are very proud of that."
Women's soccer led
the way placing an impressive 24 out of 28 student-athletes on the list, while
volleyball had 11 earn recognition. Men's soccer contributed eight, men's cross country had seven and women's cross country had four.
Fall Academic All-League Team selections:
* Denotes Distinguished Scholars
Women's Cross Country
*Mackenzie Gray: Sophomore, Chemistry, from Blue Grass, Iowa
*Chelsea Lynes: Sophomore, Exercise Science, from Woodstock, Ontario
Lydia Smith: Freshman, Biological Sciences, from Decatur, Ill.
*Alycia Thurston: Junior, Interdisciplinary Studies, from Davenport, Iowa
Men's Cross Country
Michael Castel: Sophomore, Law Enforcement, from Moline, Ill.
Trevor Holm: Freshman, Law Enforcement, from Geneva, Ill.
Mark Holt: Freshman, Law Enforcement, from La Grange, Ill.
*Andrew Hood: Freshman, Law Enforcement, from Naperville, Ill.
*Jeffrey Liles: Senior, Biological Sciences, from Lena, Ill.
Jared Summers: Sophomore, Accounting, from Effingham, Ill.
Zach Wiedeman: Sophomore, Law Enforcement, Canton, Ill.
Kristin Becker: Sophomore, Nursing, Brookfield, Wis.
*Amy Bennett: Sophomore, Exercise Science, from Waukesha, Wis.
*Sarah Blaase: Junior, Economics, from Granger, Ind.
Chrissy Campbell: Junior, Journalism, from Greendale, Wis.
*Katie Condon: Junior, Family and Consumer Sciences, from Plainfield, Ill.
Lindsay Condon: Freshman, Family Consumer Sciences, from Plainfield, Ill.
Abby Davis: Junior, Biological Sciences, Lakeville, Ind.
*Amber Davis: Sophomore, Athletic Training, from Milton, Wis.
*Lauren DeWolf: Senior, Physical Education K-12, from Darien, Ill.
*Miranda Graham: Junior, Nursing, from Schoocraft, Mich.
*Sarah Hall: Freshman, Biological Sciences, from Granger, Ind.
*Taylor Henning: Sophomore, Management, from Huntley, Ind.
Kellie Julius: Junior, Graphic Communication, from Fort Wayne, Ind.
*Victoria Kappel: Freshman, University Advising, from Orland Park, Ill.
*Kristin Kuhar: Junior, Athletic Training, from South Bend, Ind.
Lindsey Langer: Freshman, Agriculture, from Des Moines, Iowa
*Laura Lins: Senior, Athletic Training, from Racine, Wis.
*Jennika Myers: Sophomore, Athletic Training, from Shelby Township, Mich.
Nora Potempa: Senior, Family Consumer Sciences, from Tinley Park, Ill.
Trisha Quinn: Freshman, Special Education, from Belleville, Ill.
*Gina Scaffidi: Freshman, University Advising, from Brookfield, Wis.
*Jordan Spaciel: Sophomore, Music, from Waterford, Wis.
*Hannah Van Eendenburg: Sophomore, University Advising, from Bloomington, Minn.
*Sarah Wright: Freshman, Family Consumer Sciences, from Springfield, Ill.
Aaron Appel: Junior, Supply Chain Management, from Manhattan, Kan.
Charlie Bales: Sophomore, Communication, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Nathan Bruinsma: Senior, Physical Education K-12, from New Era, Mich.
Alexis Dominguez: Senior, Art, from Miami, Fla.
*Daniel Lewis: Senior, History, from Arlington Heights, Ill.
*Ebenezer Mengistu: Freshman, Chemistry, from Cottage Grove, Minn.
*Andy Ryan: Senior, Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration, from Rolling Meadows, Ill.
*Aaron Winkelmann: Senior, Communication, from Iowa City, Iowa
*Cait Egan: Senior, Communication Sciences & Disorders, from Evergreen Park, Ill.
Sarah Fetter: Sophomore, Physical Education K-12, from Moline, Ill.
Samantha Fournier: Freshman, University Advising, from Coal Valley, Ill.
Alyssa Holum: Senior, Exercise Science, from Westmont, Ill.
*Katie Hosteng: Junior, Exercise Science, from Galesburg, Ill.
Bailey Kaloupek: Freshman, Management, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
*Ann Miller: Freshman, Exercise Science, from Bettendorf, Iowa
Bridget Murphy: Junior, Communication, from New Lenox, Ill.
*Heather Smith: Sophomore, Marketing, from LaSalle, Ill.
*Brooke Stittleburg: Senior, Biological Sciences, from Black River Falls, Wis.
*Megan Toczek: Senior, Biological Sciences, from Antioch, Ill.