USTFCCCA Announces Division II Women’s XC Scholar Athlete of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

February 27, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler has done it again. The junior from Sammamish, Wash. picked up the 2008 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s NCAA Division II Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the Association announced on Friday.

Pixler, a standout for the Falcons, maintains a 3.914 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in English. She was earlier named the 2008 USTFCCCA Division II Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year, an honor she also won in 2007.

Pixler was this year’s NCAA Champ, winning the event for the second straight season. Since her arrival on the SPU campus, Pixler has swept the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships along with the West Regional titles in cross country.

A total of 243 Division II female student-athletes received 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic honors, representing 101 Division II institutions. Seattle Pacific placed the most student-athletes on the All-Academic list with seven, followed by Harding, Missouri Southern State, and Shippensburg, each with six student-athletes receiving All-Academic recognition.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) had the most conference student-athletes on the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic list with 35, followed by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association with 20 student-athletes each making the All-Academic list.

To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be eligible. The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30% of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships, or in the top 50% of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

Aaron Braun of Adams State is the 2008 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Athlete of the Year.

The 2008 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team

NAME MAJOR INSTITUTION
Winrose Karunde Nursing Abilene Christian University
Joanna Jeanne Lende Interdisciplinary Stud/Literature Adams State College
Janette McCarroll Interdisciplinary Stud/Literature Adams State College
Lavenna Mullenbach Interdisciplinary Stud/Literature Adams State College
Vanessa Roy Exercise Science & Sport Administration Adams State College
Heather Wood Mathematics/Computer Science Adams State College
Catherine Connors Nursing Adelphi University
Jenilee Fuertes Education Adelphi University
Danielle Lyons Nursing Adelphi University
Kristen Meyer Nursing Adelphi University
Kristen Wojtuniak Education Adelphi University
Chelsea Hanne Physician Assistant Alderson-Broaddus College
Ashley Teets Undeclared Alderson-Broaddus College
Whitney Bishoff Early Childhood Education Anderson University (South Carolina)
Diana Willard Biology Anderson University (South Carolina)
Brianna Greene Rehabilitation Science Arkansas Tech University
Karnitz Lauren Nursing Arkansas Tech University
Jessica Norris Nursing Arkansas Tech University
Leah Allen Communications Ashland University
Kara Kreutzer Biology Augusta State University
Alyssa Anderson Psychology/Biology Augustana College (South Dakota)
Caitlin Polgreen Nursing Augustana College (South Dakota)
Jillian Tholen Biology/Spanish Augustana College (South Dakota)
Miranda Wagner Exercise Science Augustana College (South Dakota)
Cristin Samuels Biology Bellarmine University
Meghan Shagena Accounting Bellarmine University
Caitlin Heller Secondary Education/Biology Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Shannon Hoffman Mass Communication Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bethany Schwing Speech Pathology/Audiology Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Amparan Anthropology Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Katherine Buxton Elementary Education Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Lacey Johnson International Business Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Amanda Whitford Elementary Education Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Alia Gray Undeclared California State University, Chico
Kara Lubieniecki Biology California State University, Chico
Shannon Rich Biology California State University, Chico
Cara Hawkins Communications Carson-Newman College
Maleah Cole Athletic Training Catawba College
Marcie Mullen Biology/Chemistry Central Washington University
Kelly Summons Business Administration Christian Brothers University
Molly Smathers Speech Pathology Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Shannon Townley Business/Psychology Coker College
Courtney DeLorenzo Communication Science/Disorder College of Saint Rose
Sydney Laws Chemical Engineering Colorado School of Mines
Melanie Peddle Engineering Systems Colorado School of Mines
Andrea Whitaker Nursing Columbus State University
Amanda Blankenship Education Concord University
Caroline Stout Biology Concord University
Silvia Barkechir Nursing East Central University
Sarah Reihart Business Administration(MKTG) East Central University
Niki Pasquarella Physical Education Health East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Anya Bogdanets Nursing Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Cerroni Communications Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Hilary Weismiller Medical Technology Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Tina Yi Human Performance Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Katie Mona Elementary Education Emporia State University
Christina Muir Recreation Leadership/Management Ferris State University
Paige Onweller Nuclear Medicine Technology Ferris State University
Mikinzie Stuart Communications Ferris State University
Nicole Clarke General Science Florida Institute of Technology
Lindsay Graham Software Engineering Florida Institute of Technology
Ali Ronk Pre-Professional Bio Florida Institute of Technology
Alexandra Gardino Physical Education Florida Southern College
Carolyne Kwambai Nursing Florida Southern College
Amie Algrim Chemistry Fort Hays State University
Kylene Kirmer Radiologic Technology Fort Hays State University
Nikki Knowles Biology Fort Hays State University
Ali Mishler General Science Fort Hays State University
Ashlee Orr Graphic Design Fort Hays State University
Ashley Kelly Chemistry Fort Lewis College
Jenna Szczepanski Sports/Exercise Science Gannon University
Brittany Zaborowski Communications Gannon University
Heather Raines Rhetoric Georgia College & State University
Bonnie Ueltzen Health Sciences Georgia College & State University
Kim Galvin English Education Georgian Court University
Kelly Gibbons Special Education Grand Valley State University
Amy Kolin Exercise Science Grand Valley State University
Megan Maceratini Nursing Grand Valley State University
Gosia Drazkowska Management/Business Ethics Harding University
Stephanie Frazier Human Resources Harding University
Katy Grant Social Work Harding University
Gladys Kimtai Nursing Harding University
Esther Komen Nursing Harding University
Mary Samoei Nursing Harding University
Johanna Berggren Business Administration Hawaii Pacific University
Emma Palmer Marketing Hawaii Pacific University
Kristin Cupido Leisure/Sports Studies Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Hailey Dell Elementary Education Math Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Cheryl Dingman Art Education Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Joanna Horstmann Sports/Leisure Studies Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Maureen Watson Secondary Education Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kathleen Scott Exercise Science Lake Superior State University
Kelsey Ryan Political Science/Psychology Le Moyne College
Ashley May Pre-Health Lees-McRae College
Kira Shoemaker Art Lees-McRae College
Carla Swart Physical Education Lees-McRae College
Gina Valenti Athletic Training Lees-McRae College
Gennilee Eisenmann Physical Education Lenoir-Rhyne College
Kate Griewisch Biology Lenoir-Rhyne College
Tiffany Payne Health/Exercise Science Lenoir-Rhyne College
Becky Herbert Athletic Training Lewis University
Alyssa Douma Elementary Education Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Lindsey Lambert Health & Physical Education Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Melinda Liptak Health Science/Pre-PA Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Shala Simms Sports Administration Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Courtney Whitmoyer Health & Physical Education Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Clarissa Correll Education Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Brenae Edwards Education Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Angela Woodward Biology Mars Hill College
Jacquelyn Chase Accounting Merrimack College
Katelyn Meagher Education Merrimack College
Jefferson Welch Business Merrimack College
Danielle Kehoe Human Performance/Sport Administration Metropolitan State College of Denver
Laura Kangas Forestry/Ecology Michigan Technological University
Kayla Hendrix Accounting Midwestern State University
Kathrine Stepp Marketing Midwestern State University
Priscilla Jennings Elementary Education Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Anna VanWechel Biology Minnesota State University Moorhead
Megan Hutchinson Sports Psychology Minnesota State University, Mankato
Meagan McConnell Family Consumer Science Minnesota State University, Mankato
Rachel Smalley Communication Disorders Minnesota State University, Mankato
Samantha Smith Social Work Minnesota State University, Mankato
Olga Bulgurova Pre-Med Missouri Southern State University
Kara Eckard Art Missouri Southern State University
Kari Fritchie Pre-Med Missouri Southern State University
Victoria Kline Physical Education Missouri Southern State University
Kimi Shank Health Promotion & Wellness Missouri Southern State University
Courtney Waltbillig Dental Hygiene Missouri Southern State University
Jackline Toek Business Administration New York Institute of Technology
Camille Johnson Biology Newman University
Janice Laker Radiology Northern Kentucky University
Jenna Siemer Middle School/Special Education Northern Kentucky University
Elisa Decker Physical Therapy Northwest Nazarene University
Jaclyn Puga Biology Northwest Nazarene University
Ashley Puga Business Northwest Nazarene University
Kylen Cieslak Advertising Northwood University (Michigan)
Samantha Messina Accounting Northwood University (Michigan)
Brooke Hurley Business Nova Southeastern University
Krystal Porter Sociology Nova Southeastern University
Holly Annas Nursing Queens University of Charlotte
Katherine Carman Business/Communications Queens University of Charlotte
Jessica Neville Psychology Queens University of Charlotte
Amber Catlin Nursing Saginaw Valley State University
Anna Bretan Health Education San Francisco State University
Lisa Anderberg Political Science Seattle Pacific University
Kate Harline Education Seattle Pacific University
Katherine Hart Interior Design Seattle Pacific University
Jane Larson English Seattle Pacific University
Jessica Pixler English Seattle Pacific University
Natalie Plunkett Psychology Seattle Pacific University
Mary Williams Pre-Med Seattle Pacific University
Anna Cote Hospitality/Tourism Seton Hill University
Mary Dell Biology/Secondary Education Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Kathleen Frey Elementary Education Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Abigail Huber History/Social Studies Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Samantha Jones History/Social Studies Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Neely Spence Human Communications Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Strayer Undeclared Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Katie Bork Physical Therapy Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Crystal Burnick Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Harpp Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Leslie Kramer Physical Education Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Laura Mucho Marketing Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Kendall Mears Exercise Science Southern Arkansas University
Svea Dellea-Messner Elementary Education Southern New Hampshire University
Jacquelyn Dussault Elementary Education Southern New Hampshire University
Courtney Ayers Christian Ministries Southwest Baptist University
Rebecca Brigance Graphic Design Southwest Baptist University
Holy Hackney Secondary Education Southwest Baptist University
Erica Whitfield Mathematics Southwest Baptist University
Tierra Savage Undeclared St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Alyson Trovato Liberal Arts St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Kristina Coriaty communications Stonehill College
Jennifer Gardynski Communications Stonehill College
Susan O’Connell Education Stonehill College
Kelly O’Toole English Stonehill College
Amanda Tripodi Business administration Stonehill College
Kymberlee Trnka Exercise/Sport Studies Tarleton State University
Danna Kelly Exercise Science Truman State University
Kylie Raithel Mathematics Truman State University
Fiona Williams History Truman State University
Andrea Kruszka Spanish/Communications University of Alabama in Huntsville
Gwen Kyser Undergraduate Studies University of Alabama in Huntsville
Erin Zellers Psychology/Sociology University of Alabama in Huntsville
Laura Carr Fine Arts University of Alaska Anchorage
Ruth Jeptoo Keino Nursing University of Alaska Anchorage
Laura Rombach Undeclared University of Alaska Anchorage
Elena Inouye Physical Sciences University of California, San Diego
Ashleigh Montgomery Psychology University of California, San Diego
Breanna Schofield Social Sciences/History University of California, San Diego
Carrie Roberts Nursing University of Central Missouri
Alicia Del Pardo Business University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Kaitlin Frier English University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Hilary Esselstein Equine Business Management University of Findlay
Jessica Latham Early Childhood Education University of Findlay
Katherine McHenry Pre-Veterinary Medicine University of Findlay
Christine Zimmermann Physical Therapy University of Findlay
Alyson Piccolo Exercise Science University of Mary
Sarah Brassard Exercise Physiology University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Elizabeth Carr Exercise Physiology University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Haley Catarius Exercise Physiology University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Lyra Clark Biological Sciences University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Whitney Hines Biology University of Minnesota Duluth
Bridget Hines Exercise Science University of Minnesota Duluth
Ivy Ramsey Physical Education K-12 University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Mary Ballinger Food & Nutrition University of Southern Indiana
Adrienne Curtis Food & Nutrition University of Southern Indiana
Allie Shafer Nursing University of Southern Indiana
Lacy Williams Elementary Education University of Southern Indiana
Alysha Duffy International Business University of Tampa
Jessica Forrester Biology University of Tampa
Dara Fox Accounting University of Tampa
Michelle Gaberielle Business University of Tampa
Sarah Nelson Business University of Tampa
Heather Nicolosi Education University of Tampa
Melissa Martinez Biology University of the Incarnate Word
Hope Christie Nursing University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Heidi Ertl Mathematics University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Jessica Monson Nursing University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Jordanne Helton Biology Valdosta State University
Sarah Thomsen Journalism/Spanish Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Megan Zavorka Biology/Chemistry Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Lauren Kessler Physical Therapy Wayne State University (Michigan)
Annie Magin Accounting Wayne State University (Michigan)
Rachelle Malette Pharmacy Wayne State University (Michigan)
Kristi Werner Clinical Psychology Wayne State University (Michigan)
Kristie Hartsfield Biology West Texas A&M University
Brenna Hagerty Elementary Education West Virginia Wesleyan College
Allison Teter Biology West Virginia Wesleyan College
Heidi Webb Exercise Science West Virginia Wesleyan College
Jessica Harper Spanish/English Linguistic Western Oregon University
Julianne Payton Exercise/Sport Science Western State College of Colorado
Lisa Thomas Exercise/Sport Science & Education Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Breihof Pre-Med Western Washington University
Rachael Johnson German Western Washington University
Danielle Slaughter Bio Chemistry Western Washington University
Kasey Jividen Biology Wheeling Jesuit University
Julia McGinley Biology Wheeling Jesuit University
Danielle Burcham Broadcast Journalism Wilmington University (Delaware)
Mary Kate McCaffery Elementary Education Wilmington University (Delaware)
Ashley Condrey Elementary Education Wingate University
Ashley Hubbard Biology Wingate University
Jenna Southworth Elementary Education Winona State University