Five Highlight Women’s USTFCCCA Division II All-Academic Track and Field Team

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

July 10, 2008   

NEW ORLEANS – The end of the track and field season brings a lot of emotions to the table. Several teams vie for a national title while several other student-athletes aim for an individual accomplishment. The end also signals the end of a run for many seniors on the team but also the beginning of a new era for many of the underclassmen. But for five student-athletes, the end of the season meant adding more hardware to their collection of national titles as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday the Women’s 2008 Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Those five athletes are Nandelle Cameron (Lincoln University-Missouri), Sheena Devine (Bemidji State), Emma Erickson (South Dakota), Katelin Rains (Minnesota State) and Jessica Selby-Tallman (Missouri Southern State). Together those five athletes attained six individual national titles both indoors and outdoors.

OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Cameron, a junior from Trinidad and Tobago, has been named the 2008 Division II Outdoor Track Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year after winning the 200-meter dash at the outdoor championships in May. She posted a time of 23.60 seconds to win the event. She shares the honor with Emma Erickson of South Dakota.

Erickson, also the 2008 Division II Outdoor Track Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, won her second NCAA title in impressive fashion at the 2008 Outdoor National meet as she broke her own Coyote record in the 800-meter run with a time of two minutes, 7.57 seconds.

“I’m really proud of Emma’s accomplishments this past season.  She did an outstanding job of making the transition from a small town in South Dakota to a top NCAA Division II athlete. Emma had an amazing year, succeeding in athletics and in the classroom,” said South Dakota Head Coach Lucky Huber.

Her effort put her in elite Coyote company as she became only the second women’s athlete and first freshman in South Dakota history to win two national titles in the same year. Erickson, a freshman from Gayville, South Dakota, won her first national title back in March at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She is also the 2008 Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The 2008 Division II Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year is Jessica Selby-Tallman of Missouri Southern State. The senior from Galena, Missouri went out in style at this year’s national championships as she won the hammer and finished second in the women’s shot put. She has earned four All-American honors in the outdoor events.

“Jessica embodies the best of Division II Track & Field. She has successfully balanced the demands of track & field, academics, and community service. Her accomplishments in this year’s track & field season are paralleled with her success in the classroom and her willingness to commit time to her community. I believe Jessica’s achievements are due to her exceptional work ethic and positive attitude,” said Patty Vavra, MSSU head coach.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Bemidji State’s Sheena Devine is this year’s Division II Indoor Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year after she picked up her third consecutive indoor shot put title back in March with a new school record toss of 52’2 ½”. The North Branch, Minnesota native is one of only two BSU student-athletes to have earned three or more individual national titles.

Joining Devine as the Indoor Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year is Minnesota State’s Katelin Rains. Rains, the 2008 USTFCCCA Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year won her second consecutive indoor pole vault title at the NCAA Championships in March and in the process broke the national indoor pole vault record for Division II.

“Kaitlin is an all-around student-athlete on and off the field. She leads by example and is one of the hardest workers on the team. She works as hard in the classroom as she does on the track and has had success in both aspects of college,” said Minnesota State coach Jen Blue.

In addition to the Scholar Athletes of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s Division II All-Academic Track and Field team. A total of 222 student-athletes representing 69 Division II colleges and universities made up the 2008 All-Academic team.

Grand Valley State led the way with the most student-athletes on the list with 13, while Slippery Rock University added 12 student-athletes. UC-San Diego and South Dakota were close behind with 11 student-athletes making the team.

The USTFCCCA honors Division II individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track and field season.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met the NCAA Division II Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.

The 2008 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team

Name Institution
Elizabeth Buyse Abilene Christian University
Winrose Karunde Abilene Christian University
Shawna Kaye Thompson Abilene Christian University
Jessica Withrow Abilene Christian University
Jessica Adams Adams State College
Tanya Gaurmer Adams State College
Amanda Gylling Adams State College
Lavenna Mullenbach Adams State College
Michelle Nelson Adams State College
Jazmine Ralph Adams State College
Heather Wood Adams State College
Danielle Lyons Adelphi University
Kristene Crockett Angelo State University
Brittney Heath Angelo State University
Sara Hooker Angelo State University
Ashley Painter Angelo State University
Chrystal Ruiz Angelo State University
Elise Botterini Ashland University
Shalen Boyer Ashland University
Abby Kacsandi Ashland University
Alissa Klaehn Ashland University
Michelle Stark Ashland University
Steph Tinney Ashland University
Alyssa Anderson Augustana College
Bobbi Jo Buyck Augustana College
Annaliese Pepin Augustana College
Lindsey Schlutz Augustana College
Miranda Wagner Augustana College
Sheena Devine Bemidji State University
Melissa Nash Bentley College
Amber Hackenberg Bloomsburg University
Karla Alburez California State University, Los Angeles
Shianne Smith California State University, Los Angeles
Rosemary Feikert California State University, Stanislaus
Kirsten Loftin California State University, Stanislaus
Cherise Mcnair California State University, Stanislaus
Danielle Malay California University of Pennsylvania
Holly Urban California University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Benson Central Washington University
Marcie Mullen Central Washington University
Stacy Girard Chadron State College
Perisha Hinton Chadron State College
Diane Kress Clarion University
Ann Stinson Clarion University
Katie Johnson Concordia University – St. Paul
Trina Carito East Stroudsburg University
Janelle Smith East Stroudsburg University
Rachael Lanzel Edinboro University
Connie Philips Emporia State University
Jennifer Robinson Emporia State University
Jaclyn Sill Emporia State University
Emily Cross Ferris State University
Kendra Matteson Fort Hays State University
Megan McClain Fort Hays State University
Katie Alfredson Grand Valley State University
Mary Bogner Grand Valley State University
Kelly Crowley Grand Valley State University
Maegan Doyen Grand Valley State University
Kelly Gibbons Grand Valley State University
Kelly Gibson Grand Valley State University
Kellie Kieren Grand Valley State University
Amy Kolin Grand Valley State University
Megan Maceratini Grand Valley State University
Dianna Noonan Grand Valley State University
Kirsten Nozime Grand Valley State University
Susie Rivard Grand Valley State University
Heather Vanderslik Grand Valley State University
Jennifer Gunderson Hillsdale College
Kathryn Hunt Hillsdale College
Sarah Kauk Hillsdale College
Anna Leutheuser Hillsdale College
Amy Luke Hillsdale College
Marta Scheiwe Hillsdale College
Keri Brown Kutztown University
Kristin Cupido Kutztown University
Stephanie Williams Kutztown University
Kathleen Scott Lake Superior State University
Nandelle Cameron Lincoln University
Shala Simms Lock Haven University
Erin Ballun Michigan Technological University
Andrea Metz Michigan Technological University
Priscilla Jennings Millersville University
Jenny Goesch Minnesota State University, Mankato
Brittany Henderson Minnesota State University, Mankato
Whitney Kroschel Minnesota State University, Mankato
Katelin Rains Minnesota State University, Mankato
Lauren Stelten Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jennifer Hensel Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Sara Julsrud Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Ashley Roemer Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Alison Streyle Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Allison Swenson Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Anna VanWechel Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Kara Eckard Missouri Southern State University
Victoria Kline Missouri Southern State University
Carita Riutta Missouri Southern State University
Jessica Selby-Tallman Missouri Southern State University
Jessica Self Missouri Southern State University
Kimberly Shank Missouri Southern State University
Cortney Vie Missouri Southern State University
Jillian Weeks Missouri Southern State University
Taylor Hahn Missouri University of Science & Technology
Tamara McCaskill Missouri University of Science & Technology
Jamie Statler Missouri University of Science & Technology
Julianne Hoekzema Northern Kentucky University
Amanda Madden Northern State University
Katie Smith Northern State University
Amy Carroll Northwest Nazarene University
Elisa Decker Northwest Nazarene University
Ashley Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Jaclyn Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Kylen Cieslak Northwood University
Megan Ballock Pittsburg State University
Kiley Lund Pittsburg State University
Jenna Mellen Pittsburg State University
Emily Middleton Pittsburg State University
Michelle Mitchell Pittsburg State University
Erica Ogle Pittsburg State University
Kathleen Robben Pittsburg State University
Ashley Coppens Saginaw Valley State University
Leighann Dowell Saginaw Valley State University
Courtney Kotewa Saginaw Valley State University
Maggie Stalker Saginaw Valley State University
Anna Bretan San Francisco State University
Lisa Anderberg Seattle Pacific University
Jane Larson Seattle Pacific University
Jessica Pixler Seattle Pacific University
Karin Rohde Seattle Pacific University
Suzanne Strickler Seattle Pacific University
Lauren Vermulm Seattle Pacific University
Katie Hansen Seattle University
Nicole Blaesser Slippery Rock University
Crystal Burnick Slippery Rock University
Emily Bush Slippery Rock University
Lacey Cochran Slippery Rock University
Jen Hansen Slippery Rock University
Jennifer Harpp Slippery Rock University
Abby McKissick Slippery Rock University
Jessica Sackin Slippery Rock University
Amanda Seigworth Slippery Rock University
Allison Smith Slippery Rock University
Tiffany Tedesco Slippery Rock University
Raissa Weiss Slippery Rock University
Kayla Brown Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Megan Dennis Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Alyssa Maggart Southwest Baptist University
Jennifer Gardynski Stonehill College
Raquel Tidwell Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Kristen Ameling Tiffin University
Katrina Biermann Truman State University
Shaina Dochterman Truman State University
Danna Kelly Truman State University
Christen Lauer Truman State University
Rebecca Hilt University of Alabama, Huntsville
Erin Zellers University of Alabama, Huntsville
Laura Carr University of Alaska Anchorage
Diana Dunn University of California, San Diego
Kelly Fogarty University of California, San Diego
Melissa Karnaze University of California, San Diego
Kayleigh Knudson University of California, San Diego
Emily McGregor University of California, San Diego
Anna McGregor University of California, San Diego
Leah Murphy University of California, San Diego
Linda Rainwater University of California, San Diego
Breanna Schofield University of California, San Diego
Katherine Skorupa University of California, San Diego
Christina Sloyer University of California, San Diego
Sandy Davidson University of Central Missouri
Samantha Frisbie University of Central Missouri
Chelsea Luck University of Central Missouri
Kayla Muyskens University of Central Missouri
Brittanie Roldan University of Central Missouri
Jenna Schmidt University of Central Missouri
Kelly Beamer University of Findlay
Kirby Blackley University of Findlay
Pamela Bullock University of Findlay
Stephanie Charnigo University of Findlay
Jessica Latham University of Findlay
Erin Lines University of Findlay
Lindsey Schmitmeyer University of Findlay
Destinee Keller University of Mary
Jacqui Barrett University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Haley Catarius University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Lyra Clark University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Heather McCarthy University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Elizabeth Crane University of Minnesota Duluth
Melissa Smith University of Minnesota Duluth
Jacquelyn Dibbern University of Nebraska at Kearney
Michelle Dill University of Nebraska at Kearney
Shayna Fruit University of Nebraska at Kearney
Molly Belling University of Nebraska at Omaha
Kaylen Harris University of Nebraska at Omaha
Kayla Koepke University of Nebraska at Omaha
Rasheema Pitt University of Nebraska at Omaha
Pinar Saka University of Nebraska at Omaha
Jessica Clausnitzer University of North Dakota
Heidi Evans University of North Dakota
Rosalie Brueske University of South Dakota
Katie Cerling University of South Dakota
Danielle Dornbusch University of South Dakota
Allison Duba University of South Dakota
Emma Erickson University of South Dakota
Jenessa Filler University of South Dakota
Stephanie Gebhart University of South Dakota
Amber Hegge University of South Dakota
Jasmine Mosley University of South Dakota
Marissa O’Bryan University of South Dakota
Shaneka Parkes University of South Dakota
Mary Ballinger University of Southern Indiana
Paige Williams University of Tampa
Laura Woznicki University of Tampa
Kylie Herian Wayne State College
Paige Pollard Wayne State College
Rachel Roebke Wayne State College
Danielle Scardino West Chester University
Agnes Kroneraff Western State College of Colorado
Julianne Payton Western State College of Colorado
Alexandra Tayrien Western State College of Colorado
Lisa Thomas Western State College of Colorado
Heidi Dimmitt Western Washington University
Monika Gruszecki Western Washington University
Christy Miller Western Washington University
Lisa Meyer Winona State University