BAY CITY, MICH. - The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced the 2016 Fall GLIAC All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence Teams. A total of 1,201 student-athletes received recognition as 561 student-athletes received the all-academic recognition and 640 received All-Academic Excellence status.
Criteria states the student-athlete must be an active member on the roster at the end of the season, not a freshman or a first-year transfer student. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student-athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0. Grades are based on marks from the fall semester of 2016.
A total of 19 student-athletes from Lake Superior State received recognition from the GLIAC as 12 members of the men's and women's cross country teams, women's tennis and volleyball teams received All-Academic status, while seven reached All-Academic Excellence standing.
Representing the volleyball team, juniors Elizabeth Ballor and Brooke Williams each were honored as All-Academic Excellence recipients. Ballor is an environmental science major from Okemos, while Williams is a nursing major from Montrose, Michigan.
Sophomore Mikala Williams (Mount Pleasant, Mich.) achieved All-Academic honors as a nursing major.
Representing the men's and women's cross country teams as All-Academic Excellence qualifiers was sophomore Travis Sutton (Jonesville, Mich./ Criminal Justice Law Enforcement) on the men's team; and sophomore Lydia Heimonen (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./ Nursing), sophomore Mackenzie Kelly (Clifford, Mich./ Forensic Chemistry) and junior McKenzie Richardson (Muskegon, Mich./ Nursing).
The men's cross country team also had seniors Jacob Baker (Norton Shores, Mich./ Fire Science) and Ryan Rogers (Clinton, Mich./ Mathematics) receive All-Academic status, as well as sophomores John Miles (Dyden, Mich./ Forensic Chemistry), Garrett Smith (Hudsonville, Mich./ Geology) and Parker Wyngaard (Appleton, Wis./ Fisheries and Wildlife Management).
Senior Hannah Passino (Indian River, Mich./ Business Administration Management) and junior Trudie Mulville (Mason, Mich./ Nursing) each earned All-Academic team for women's cross country.
Rounding out the honors, sophomore Kirsten Malpass (East Jordan, Mich./ Business Administration Management) highlighted the women's tennis team as an All-Excellence member. Four members, Allison Grandfield (East Lansing, Mich./ Elementary Education), Taray Harvey (Duns, Scotland/ Athletic Training), Renee Resendes (Windsor, Ont./ Biology), and Laura Roberts (Nelson, New Zealand/ Computer Science) each received All-Academic status.