NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The Great West Conference announced its 2012 Fall Academic All-Conference honors for the sports of men's and women's cross-country, women's soccer and volleyball. The list features 34 Utah Valley University student-athletes - the most of any GWC institution.
Fourteen women's soccer players made the cut, seven from both the women's cross-country and volleyball teams, and six from men's cross-country.
"We pride ourselves as much as on our academics as we do our athletics," Director of Athletics Mike Jacobsen said. "It's a tribute to our student-athletes, our academic advising team and our professors on campus to have UVU so strongly represented on this list."
In all, 108 Great West Conference athletes were named to the team based on a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade point average. The athletes also must have participated in at least 50 percent of their respective team's contests.
Making up the academic team are 18 men's cross-country runners, 20 women's cross-country runners, 49 women's soccer players and 21 volleyball players.
Using the institutions' most recent GPA, the student-athletes are selected by each member institution's sports information director, with approval from the faculty athletic representative and the head coach. First-year students and JC transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.
"Our teams have been more competitive each year, with coaches bringing in quality athletes to compete at the highest level," GWC Commissioner Ed Grom said. "But while some might think that improvement on the playing field results in diminished performance in the classroom, that is not the case in the Great West. Our schools continue to attract the best and brightest of student-athletes and I applaud their ability to find a balance between their respective sports and what is most important in the grand scheme of things - a quality education."
UVU Representatives on GWC All-Academic Team
Sport, Name, Major (Class) Men's Cross-Country: Trevor Baker, Exercise Science (Senior)
Men's Cross-Country: Macy Butterfield, International Business (Junior)
Men's Cross-Country: Spencer Evensen, Psychology (Senior)
Men's Cross-Country: Mike Felix, History Education (Senior)
Men's Cross-Country: Josh McCabe, Exercise Science (Senior)
Men's Cross-Country: Trevor Sharp, Personal Financial Planning (Sophomore)
Women's Cross-Country: Stephanie Christensen, Exercise Science (Senior)
Women's Cross-Country: Ally Deeter, English Education (Junior)
Women's Cross-Country: Taylor Gomez, History Education (Sophomore)
Women's Cross-Country: Brooke Hodson-Davies, History Education (Junior)
Women's Cross-Country: Mackenzie Roberts, Visual Communication-Photography (Sophomore)
Women's Cross-Country: Anna Ward, Exercise Science (Sophomore)
Women's Cross-Country: Jessica Wilding, Mathematics Education (Junior)
Soccer: Morgan Allen, Visual Communication (Sophomore)
Soccer: Natalie Baker, Psychology (Junior)
Soccer: Regan Benson, Elementary Education (Senior)
Soccer: Kelsey Cook, P.E. & Recreation (Senior)
Soccer: Haley Curtis, Biology (Junior)
Soccer: Jessica Duffin, Psychology (RS Freshman)
Soccer: Lexi Dunn, Psychology (Junior)
Soccer: Shalayne Janis, Elementary Education (Senior)
Soccer: Jaime Lyons, Exercise Science (Senior)
Soccer: Alexa Pulley, Health Education (Sophomore)
Soccer: Lexi Robison, Exercise Science (Sophomore)
Soccer: Nicole Slater, Exercise Science (Senior)
Soccer: Kim Stratford, Speech Communications (Sophomore)
Soccer: Courtney Wilson, Social Work (RS Freshman)
Volleyball: Brookelyn Hall, Elementary Education (Junior)
Volleyball: Patti Hatch, Elementary Education (Junior)
Volleyball: Erin Jolley, Exercise Science (Sophomore)
Volleyball: Lindsay Morrell, Sociology (Junior)
Volleyball: Erica Nish, Art Education (Senior)
Volleyball: Kalani Norris, Elementary Education (Sophomore)
Volleyball: McKenna Tait, Biology (Sophomore)
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.