Pixler, Puga Headline 2009 Division II Women’s Track & Field Scholar Athletes of the Year

Pixler, Puga Headline 2009 Division II Women’s Track & Field Scholar Athletes of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – Four student-athletes who attained five individual national titles both indoors and outdoors in 2009 have added to their collection of hardware as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday the Women’s 2009 Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Those four athletes are Indoor Track Scholar Athlete Jessica Pixler (Seattle Pacific), Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete Ashley Puga (Northwest Nazarene), Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete Linda Rainwater (UC San Diego), and Indoor Field Scholar Athlete Jenna Schmidt (Central Missouri).


Puga, a native of Meridian, Idaho, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Nazarene with a 3.95 cumulative grade point average in business administration and finance. Puga was the 800 meter champion at the Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships winning the event with a time of 2:07.24. She also competed in the 1500 meters at the national meet finishing eighth overall to earn her second USTFCCCA All-American honor.

Puga was the 2009 USTFCCCA Outdoor National Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Division II and was earlier named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Puga ends her career at Northwest Nazarene as the most decorated student-athlete in school history.

Rainwater, the 2009 Division II Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, won the NCAA Division II title in the high jump clearing 5’9.75″ and was third in the heptathlon scoring 5,303 points. Both marks set new UC San Diego school records. At the California Collegiate Athletic Association Outdoor Championship meet she competed in five events, including the heptathlon, scoring 25 points to help lead the Tritons to the CCAA outdoor conference title. She won both the heptathlon and long jump at the conference meet.

Rainwater, a Goleta, Calif. native, is a junior at UC San Diego studying Visual Arts and maintains a 3.74 grade point average.


Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler is this year’s Division II Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year after winning two national titles in March at the Division II Indoor National Championships. The SPU standout and Sammamish, Wash. native won both the mile and 5,000 meter titles to help SPU to a sixth-place team finish.

Pixler, a junior majoring in English, carries a 3.92 cumulative grade point average. She was named Seattle Pacific’s Athlete of the Year for the third straight time following her success this track and field season. Pixler now has eight national titles under her belt spanning the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

Central Missouri’s Jenna Schmidt is the Division II Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2009. Schmidt, a sophomore from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, maintains a 3.84 cumulative grade point average in Sociology. She was the high jump national champion indoors clearing 5’9.75″ as Central Missouri finished third overall in the team standings. Schmidt also won the high jump title at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association outdoor championships and finished fourth overall in the triple jump at the conference meet.

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 251 student-athletes representing 73 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 20, followed by Missouri Southern State with ten student-athletes on the list. Minnesota State University had nine student-athletes selected to the All-Academic 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.

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

Name Institution
Kim Prather Abilene Christian University
Janette Cary Adams State College
Lindsey Grasmick Adams State College
Amanda Gylling Adams State College
Renee Harris Adams State College
Lavenna Mullenbach Adams State College
Vanessa Roy 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
Kyndel Howell Angelo State University
Andria Nussey Angelo State University
Cathryn Rittenberry Angelo State University
Elise Bottarini Ashland University
Abby Kascandi Ashland University
Alissa Klaehn Ashland University
Michelle Stark Ashland University
Stephanie Tinney Ashland University
Miranda Wagner Augustana College (South Dakota)
Kathryn Hickey Bellarmine University
Kelsey Love Bellarmine University
Meghan Shagena Bellarmine University
Kristi Buerkle Bemidji State University
Melinda Bastian Benedict College
Franziska Dobler California State University, Los Angeles
Shianne Smith California State University, Los Angeles
Vivien Wadeck California State University, Los Angeles
Jasimen Bailey California State University, Stanislaus
Rosemary Feikert California State University, Stanislaus
Danielle Malay California University of Pennsylvania
Marcie Mullen Central Washington University
Victorria Self Central Washington University
Julia Bayer Chadron State College
Stacy Girard Chadron State College
Diane Kress Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Erin Richard Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Molly Smathers Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Melanie Peddle Colorado School of Mines
Janelle Smith East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Rachael Lanzel Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Jacquelyn Jacobs Emporia State University
Katelyn Mona Emporia State University
Jaclyn Sill Emporia State University
Renae Weaver Emporia State University
Christy Weller Emporia State University
Christina Muir Ferris State University
Paige Onweller Ferris State University
Mikinzie Stuart Ferris State University
Carissa Heim Fort Hays State University
Kelsey Martin Fort Hays State University
Darcie Schmitz Fort Hays State University
Morgan Witzel Fort Hays State University
Katie Alfredson Grand Valley State University
Lynsey Ardingo Grand Valley State University
Lauren Buresh Grand Valley State University
Eileen Creutz Grand Valley State University
Maegan Doyen Grand Valley State University
Kelly Gibbons Grand Valley State University
Christi Kettelhut Grand Valley State University
Kellie Kieren Grand Valley State University
Monica Kinney Grand Valley State University
Amy Kolin Grand Valley State University
Megan Maceratini Grand Valley State University
Stephanie McCarthy Grand Valley State University
Karie McDonald Grand Valley State University
Emily McKerchie Grand Valley State University
Dianna Noonan Grand Valley State University
Kirsten Nozime Grand Valley State University
Sara Parks Grand Valley State University
Susie Rivard Grand Valley State University
Shaylee Vanderbaan Grand Valley State University
Heather VanderSlik Grand Valley State University
Kathryn Hunt Hillsdale College
Sarah Kauk Hillsdale College
Anna Leutheuser Hillsdale College
Amanda Putt Hillsdale College
Marta Scheiwe Hillsdale College
Jennifer Shaffer Hillsdale College
Madeleine Outman Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Joanna Horstmann Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kathleen Scott Lake Superior State University
Julie Jarrett Lewis University
Christine Kustra Lewis University
Amanda Lewis Lewis University
Racquel Anderson Lincoln University of Missouri
Jhanell Brown Lincoln University of Missouri
Nandelle Cameron Lincoln University of Missouri
Okine Codlyn Lincoln University of Missouri
Monique Robinson Lincoln University of Missouri
Tia Rolle Lincoln University of Missouri
Carla Thomas Lincoln University of Missouri
Natoya Thompson Lincoln University of Missouri
Alyssa Douma Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Lindsey Lambert Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Alaina Leonard Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Shala Simms Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Priscilla Jennings Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Kristina Anderson Minnesota State University Moorhead
Jennifer Hensel Minnesota State University Moorhead
DeeRae Honl Minnesota State University Moorhead
Sara Julsrud Minnesota State University Moorhead
Ashley Roemer Minnesota State University Moorhead
Alison Streyle Minnesota State University Moorhead
Brittany Henderson Minnesota State University, Mankato
Megan Hutchinson Minnesota State University, Mankato
Whitney Kroschel Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kelsey Leonard Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kaycie Merrihew Minnesota State University, Mankato
Laura Palmer Minnesota State University, Mankato
Katelin Rains Minnesota State University, Mankato
Andrea Sellers Minnesota State University, Mankato
Lauren Stelten Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kara Eckard Missouri Southern State University
Kari Fritchie Missouri Southern State University
Nicole Green Missouri Southern State University
Ciara Lipsey Missouri Southern State University
Carita Riutta Missouri Southern State University
Kimi Shank Missouri Southern State University
Erin Steffens Missouri Southern State University
Cortney Vie Missouri Southern State University
Courtney Waltbillig Missouri Southern State University
Jill Weeks Missouri Southern State University
Tamara McCaskill Missouri University of Science & Technology
Aubrey Moore Missouri University of Science & Technology
Julianne Hoekzema Northern Kentucky University
Amanda Madden Northern State University
Tanya Vassar Northern State University
Audrey Bailey Northwest Missouri State University
Emily Churchman Northwest Missouri State University
Tierney Eaton Northwest Missouri State University
Hannah Henry Northwest Missouri State University
Anna O’Brien Northwest Missouri State University
Jamie Beaty Northwest Nazarene University
Elisa Decker Northwest Nazarene University
Ashley Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Jaclyn Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Kristin Cameron Northwood University (Michigan)
Kylen Cieslak Northwood University (Michigan)
Brittney Graff Pittsburg State University
Venessa Lee Pittsburg State University
Michelle Mitchell Pittsburg State University
Ali Shaffer Pittsburg State University
Heidi Smith Pittsburg State University
Leighann Dowell Saginaw Valley State University
Maggie Stalker Saginaw Valley State University
Sheena Johns Saint Augustine’s College
Lisa Anderberg Seattle Pacific University
Kelsey Burns Seattle Pacific University
Kate Harline Seattle Pacific University
Jane Larson Seattle Pacific University
Jennifer Pike Seattle Pacific University
Jessica Pixler Seattle Pacific University
Jeeni Schantin Seattle Pacific University
Lauren VerMulm Seattle Pacific University
Amanda Ponsonby Seton Hill University
Katherine Craven Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Mary Dell Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shannon Hare Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Laura Henzy Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Erica Hess Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Abigail Huber Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Redington Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Neely Spence Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Lacey Cochran Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jen Harpp Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Laura Mucho Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Seigworth Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Allison Smith Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Tiffany Tedesco Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jenny Blair Southwest Baptist University
Sarah Bowling Southwest Baptist University
Heather Miller St. Cloud State University
Jennifer Gardynski Stonehill College
Kristen Ameling Tiffin University
Andrea Bader Tiffin University
Katrina Biermann Truman State University
Shaina Dochtermahn Truman State University
Kortney Holeman Truman State University
Danna Kelly Truman State University
Rebecca Hilt University of Alabama in Huntsville
Latrice Johnson University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ardrienna Everett University of Alaska Anchorage
Stephanie Trenholm University of Alaska Anchorage
Marie Archer University of California, San Diego
Kelly Fogarty University of California, San Diego
Anna Lee McGregor University of California, San Diego
Ashleigh Montgomery University of California, San Diego
Leah Murphy University of California, San Diego
Linda Rainwater University of California, San Diego
Brianna Schofield University of California, San Diego
Katie Skorupa University of California, San Diego
Lindsay Lettow University of Central Missouri
Kayla Muyskens University of Central Missouri
Brittanie Roldan University of Central Missouri
Jenna Schmidt University of Central Missouri
Angela Selby University of Central Missouri
Kelsey Barry University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Kaitlin Frier University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Erin Calvelage The University of Findlay
Stephanie Charnigo The University of Findlay
Hilary Esselstein The University of Findlay
Alyssa Hatala The University of Findlay
Ashley Jennings The University of Findlay
Erin Lines The University of Findlay
Lindsey Schmitmeyer The University of Findlay
Courtney Kuzmicz University of Indianapolis
Emily Schaf University of Indianapolis
Amy Schmitz University of Indianapolis
Kristen Stewart University of Mary
Jacqui Barrett University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Sarah Brassard University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Haley Catarius University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Lauren Raimondi University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Elizabeth Crane University of Minnesota Duluth
Kristin Haak University of Minnesota Duluth
Maria Swanson University of Minnesota Duluth
Jessie Golden University of Nebraska at Kearney
Michelle May University of Nebraska at Kearney
Cameron Smith University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kayla Koepke University of Nebraska at Omaha
Maja Mihalinec University of Nebraska at Omaha
Heather Minssen University of Nebraska at Omaha
Rasheema Pitt University of Nebraska at Omaha
Anja Puc University of Nebraska at Omaha
Pinar Saka University of Nebraska at Omaha
Shannon Gagne University of New Haven
Mary Ballinger University of Southern Indiana
Lauren Crick University of Southern Indiana
Adrienne Curtis University of Southern Indiana
Lacy Williams University of Southern Indiana
Erica Nixon University of the District of Columbia
Lauren Pratt University of the Incarnate Word
Je’Marca Tremble University of the Incarnate Word
Hayley Watts University of the Incarnate Word
Jadrianne Lippman Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Paige Pollard Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Katie Wilson Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Megan Zavorka Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Annan Applebee Western Oregon University
Casey Hagen Western State College of Colorado
Chelsea Murray Western State College of Colorado
Lisa Thomas Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Breihof Western Washington University
Clara Cook Western Washington University
Heidi Dimmitt Western Washington University
Rachael Johnson Western Washington University
Christen Miller Western Washington University
Lauren Brown Winona State University
Caitlin Dhein Winona State University