Cross Country Places Seven on Mountain West Scholar-Athlete List
June 28, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Seven members of the Air Force cross country team were selected as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, the conference office announced this afternoon (June 28). Five men and two women, all of whom doubled as track and field scholar athletes, represented the Falcons' cross country program.
Sophomore Ted Artz and freshman Jake Hawkins paced the Falcons' distance runners with respective GPAs of 3.88 (aeronautical engineering) and 3.84 (physics). Sophomore Jeremy Drenckhahn, a member of the 2010 USTFCCA All-Academic Team, claimed his second MWC Scholar-Athlete award with a two-year GPA of 3.78 in biology. Like Drenckhahn, Artz also claimed Scholar-Athlete honors for the second straight year.
Sophomore Matt Bell (3.60, environmental engineering) and recently commissioned second lieutenant Tyler Small (3.53, physics) rounded out the men's selection. Small's Scholar-Athlete honor was the third such award of his career.
On the women's side, sophomore Kate Kanetzky, a 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, claimed her second Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award after earning a cumulative GPA of 3.78 in geospatial science. Freshman Amanda Blain claimed her first such honor with a 3.74 GPA (undeclared major).
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.