Adams State Trio Highlights USTFCCCA Division II Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Teams

By Shannon Wright, USTFCCCA

July 7, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – Adams State’s Aaron Braun, Matthew Gersick and Joshua Streeter, and Abilene Christian’s Camille Vandendriessche have been named the 2009 Men’s Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athletes of the Year, the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.

Braun, Gersick, and Vandendriessche each earned the Scholar Athlete of the Year distinction for the second straight year. In 2008 Braun and Vandendriessche were the outdoor scholar athletes, while Gersick was the indoor field scholar athlete.

OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Adams State’s Joshua Streeter is the Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete after winning the 400 meter hurdles at the 2009 Division II Outdoor National Track and Field Championships. He won the event with a time of 51.66. Streeter, a senior, also had a strong showing at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships as he won the 400 meter dash and finished third overall in the 400 meter hurdles.

Streeter, a native of Alamosa, Colorado, is a Theatre Arts major with a 3.750 cumulative grade point average.

Vandendriessche, the 2009 Division II Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, won his third straight decathlon title at the Division II national championships with a new personal best of 7,674 points. In winning his third straight multi-event title the senior from Paris, France became the first athlete in NCAA Division II history to win three straight multi-event championships, the third athlete in NCAA history to win three straight multi-event titles, and only the fourth athlete in NCAA history to win three multi-event titles in a career.

Vandendriessche was named the 2009 Lone Star Conference Field Athlete of the Year for his efforts during the 2009 season. At the LSC Outdoor Championships, the senior took home the javelin title with a 195′ plus effort. Vandendriessche is a senior with a 3.400 cumulative grade point average majoring in Journalism.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Braun, a Fort Collins, Colo. native, earns his second-straight Scholar Athlete of the Year honor, this time for the indoor season. Braun won the national title in the mile (4:10.60) and was second overall in the 5,000 meters (14:15.66). At the RMAC Indoor Championships, Braun finished third in the mile and anchored the winning distance medley relay squad.

Braun was named the USTFCCCA Division II National Track Athlete of the Year and Central Region Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor track and field season. Braun is a senior with a 3.770 cumulative grade point average in Mathematics.

Braun’s teammate, Matt Gersick, also picked up his second straight Scholar Athlete of the Year honor as he was chosen as the 2009 Division II Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. Gersick, a graduate student at Adams State, has maintained a 3.838 cumulative grade point average overall while studying Human Performance. The 2009 USTFCCCA Division II Central Region Field Athlete of the Year indoors won the national title in the shot put (59’0.25″) and finished third in the weight throw (65’3.25″).

At the RMAC Indoor Championships, Gersick was a double winner in the shot put and weight throw.

In addition to the Scholar Athletes of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the men’s Division II All-Academic Track and Field Team. A total of 136 student-athletes representing 56 Division II colleges and universities made up the 2009 All-Academic team.

For the second straight year Grand Valley State led the way with the most student-athletes on the list with seven, followed by Adams State and The University of Findlay with six apiece. For conferences, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had the most student-athletes on the list with 29 followed by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with 21, and the RMAC with 17.

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.

2009 USTFCCCA Division II Men’s All-Academic Track and Field Team:

Name Institution
Aaron Cantrell Abilene Christian University
Landon Ehlers Abilene Christian University
James Hardin Abilene Christian University
Camille Vandendriessche Abilene Christian University
Aaron Braun Adams State College
Roy Collins Adams State College
Luke Cragg Adams State College
Matthew Gersick Adams State College
Reuben Mwei Adams State College
Joshua Streeter Adams State College
Bailey Ince Adelphi University
Wade Goode Angelo State University
Brian Holik Angelo State University
Chad Schaertl Angelo State University
Nick Bellanco Ashland University
Joe Horn Ashland University
Charles Michael Jeffery Ashland University
Brian Mozena Ashland University
Dan Tierney Ashland University
Elliot Mattingly Bellarmine University
Zachary Preble Bemidji State University
Ryan Bertucci California State University, Chico
Tim Cannon California State University, Chico
Angel Marquez California State University, Chico
David Wellman California State University, Chico
Chris Clark California University of Pennsylvania
Frank Ehrensberger California University of Pennsylvania
Charles Kacsur California University of Pennsylvania
Cameron Bailey Central Washington University
Tyler Fischer Central Washington University
Brandon Harrington Chadron State College
Lanar Newman Chadron State College
Ryan Shelton Chadron State College
Aaron Swift Colorado School of Mines
Adam LeMay Concordia University, St. Paul
John Pimental Concordia University, St. Paul
Jaime Villa Zapatero Drury University
Matt Gallup East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Drew Miller East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Tom Sutor East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Pual Wagner East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Ben Hahn Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Barry McLaughlin Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Alex Pyle Emporia State University
Kevin Rouhlac Emporia State University
Mitch Sahlfeld Fort Hays State University
Aleksas Abromavicius Grand Valley State University
Witt Anthony Grand Valley State University
Hammer Chris Grand Valley State University
Eric Lowe Grand Valley State University
Smith Nathaniel Grand Valley State University
Tyler Patterson Grand Valley State University
Schuster Todd Grand Valley State University
Jeff Wysong Hillsdale College
Christian Boutsikaris Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Charbonneau Lake Superior State University
Scott Barnas Lewis University
Gerald Bascoe Lincoln University of Missouri
Dwain Bryden Lincoln University of Missouri
Chris Edelman Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Tim Getz Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Ben McConnell Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Brandon Pomerantz Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Randy Sylvia Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Kenneth Gilkerson Michigan Technological University
James Boyer Millersville University of Pennsylvania
James Krajsa Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ben Mauch Minnesota State University, Mankato
Dana Schmidt Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jeremy Soupir Minnesota State University, Mankato
Seth Hackney Missouri Southern State University
Heath Groom Missouri University of Science & Technology
Dan Hellwig Missouri University of Science & Technology
Jordan Henry Missouri University of Science & Technology
Drew Harris Northern Kentucky University
Dallas Beaty Northwest Nazarene University
Craig Borsenik Northwood University (Michigan)
Jared Fischer Northwood University (Michigan)
Sam Watson Northwood University (Michigan)
Michael Beeler Pittsburg State University
Ethan Hobbs Pittsburg State University
Alex Kuhlman Pittsburg State University
Steve Genther Saginaw Valley State University
Christopher Copeland Saint Augustine’s College
Jamal Cumberbatch Saint Augustine’s College
Orolando Duffus Saint Augustine’s College
Ramon Gittens Saint Augustine’s College
Chad Meis Seattle Pacific University
Nate Janusey Seton Hill University
Josh Wilks Seton Hill University
Bryan Beegle Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Joeri Moerman Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Michael Rose Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jimmy Schneider Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jeff Weiss Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Michael Pierce Southwest Baptist University
Josiah Price St. Martin’s University
Thomas Buxton Tiffin University
Marcus Johnson Tiffin University
Jeremy Lee Tiffin University
Keith Reiter Tiffin University
Derek Atwood Truman State University
Alex Van Delft Truman State University
Coedy Walker Truman State University
Mick Boyle University of Alaska Anchorage
David Kiplagat University of Alaska Anchorage
James Pettigrew University of Alaska Anchorage
Demietrius Preston University of Alaska Anchorage
Shaun Ward University of Alaska Anchorage
Leon Baham University of California, San Diego
Nick Morilla University of California, San Diego
Shawn Boss University of Central Missouri
Kevin Denny University of Central Missouri
Jaban Moore University of Central Missouri
Brent Vogal University of Central Missouri
Simon Bernard The University of Findlay
James Eric The University of Findlay
John Guagenti The University of Findlay
Curtis Hoag The University of Findlay
Greg Schaible The University of Findlay
Curtis Smithey The University of Findlay
Chris Campbell University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kyle Glidden University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brandon Karlin University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brandon Campbell University of Southern Indiana
Christian Alicea University of the Incarnate Word
George Alicea University of the Incarnate Word
Cody Hoover University of the Incarnate Word
Matt Schneider Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Tyler Reisnaur Western Oregon University
Loren Ahonen Western State College of Colorado
Sean Brown Western State College of Colorado
Tyler Pennel Western State College of Colorado
Ryan Walstrom Western State College of Colorado
Eric Brill Western Washington University
Jordan Welling Western Washington University