Area Colleges: UF athletes earn academic awards

The University of Findlay men and women’s track and field programs were rewarded by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their work in the classroom as they earned all-academic honors from the organization.
The women’s team registered a 3.36 grade point average while the men accumulated a 3.07 grade point average.
In addition, the Oilers had 12 individuals earn all-academic recognition.
Four area former prep standouts made the list for the women’s team.
The women’s team had ten student-athletes earn the honor while the men had two. The complete list of honorees is tabulated Leipsic’s Kendra Averesch (pre-occupational therapy/strength and conditioning), Liberty-Benton’s Alex DeVincentis (accounting) and Liz Streacker (pre-nursing) and Hardin Northern’s Shelby Stump (psychology) made the list.
Teammates Erica Bettac (psychology), Kirsten Gaerke (pre-occupational therapy), Samantha Grippe (health sciences/English literature), Maud Sanmiquel (marketing), Pam Showman (pre-physical therapy) and Alexa Stults (business/human resource management) were also honored.
Justin Eilerman (physical therapy) and Marcus Vicars (strength and conditioning) were the honorees for the UF men’s track team.

Kastor selected
University of Findlay senior golfer Jack Kastor was named a Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar for his achievements on the course and in the classroom.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.
Kastor was one of only 75 golfers at the NCAA Division II level to receive the honor.

Hoops team honored
The University of Findlay men’s basketball team earned the Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for its work in the classroom during the 2013-14 campaign.
The award was earned by 125 colleges and universities, recognizing outstanding academic achievement.
To win the award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Teams must also compete in NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA Division I and II.

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