June 20, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nine members of the Air Force cross country team named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, the conference office announced today (June 20). Five men and four women, all of whom doubled as track and field scholar-athletes, represented the Falcons' cross country program.
The MW Scholar-Athlete award recognizes those with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better.
Three members of the junior class were named to the MW Scholar-Athlete list for the third consecutive year, including Ted Artz, who paced the group with a 3.91 GPA in aeronautical engineering. Joining Artz as a three-time selection were classmates Jeremy Drenckhahn (3.80, biology) and Kate Kanetzky (3.81, geospatial science).
Fellow junior Matt Bell was named a MW Scholar-Athlete for the second time after amassing a 3.58 GPA in environmental engineering. Sophomores Amanda Blain (3.81, legal studies) and Jake Hawkins (3.72, physics) also picked up their second such award.
Three freshmen were also distinguished as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, including Rebecca Esselstein, who recorded the second-highest GPA (3.98, astronautical engineering) among all Academy cadet-athletes. Michelle Ferguson (3.73, undeclared) and Elliot Myers (3.69, physics) were also selected to the scholar-athlete list.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete award, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.