June 26, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Eleven members of the Air Force cross country team were honored with Mountain West Scholar-Athlete distinction, the league office recently announced. The eight men and three women were recognized for holding a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Three seniors - Ted Artz (3.90, aeronautical engineering), Jeremy Drenckhahn (3.79, biology) and Kate Kanetzky (3.84, geospatial science) - were honored with MW Scholar-Athlete accolades for the fourth consecutive year. The trio, who also earned distinction as track and field athletes, brought the program's total of four-time honorees to eight.
Two additional seniors were also awarded MW Scholar-Athlete status, as Matt Bell (3.51, environmental engineering) claimed his third honor and Jen Bremser (3.53, behavioral sciences) picked up her first.
With the second-highest GPA among all of the Academy's cadet-athletes, Rebecca Esselstein (3.98, astronautical engineering) paced a pair of sophomores to their second consecutive MW Scholar-Athlete award, joining Elliot Myers (3.69, physics).
Four freshmen, including Sean Bapty (3.64, electrical engineering), Evan Fortney (3.58, mechanical engineering), Andrew Hood (3.58, aeronautical engineering) and Casey Peloquin (3.73, undeclared) claimed their first Mountain West awards for high grades.
A league-record 623 student-athletes were honored with the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award for the 2012-13 academic year, including 57 from the Academy. To be eligible for selection, 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.