Pixler, Schmitz, Madden Gain Scholar Athlete of the Year Distinction in Division II

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

July 29, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – Jessica Pixler (Seattle Pacific), Darcie Schmitz (Fort Hays State), and Amanda Madden (Northern State) were named on Thursday as Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division II for the 2010 track & field seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The three represent collegiate track & field’s best in both athletics and academics. In addition, 276 were tapped as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.

Past All-Academic Honorees

Scholar Athletes are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.

Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year/Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

Pixler, a native of Sammamish, Wash., earned Scholar Athlete of the Year titles for the indoor and outdoor seasons. In addition to compiling a 3.94 cumulative GPA while majoring in English, Pixler won a total of 12 NCAA Division II Championship titles between cross country and track and field. Included in the count were a national title in the mile from this indoor season and a national crown in the 1500 meters during the latest outdoor season. It has been announced that Pixler will continue her graduate work at the University of Colorado and has one year of eligibility in outdoor track & field remaining. Pixler is a five-time winner of the Scholar Athlete of the Year award for track and field and three-time previous winner in cross country. In addition, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selected Pixler as their College Division ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® of the Year

Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year – Darcie Schmitz, Fort Hays State

Schmitz, a native of Baileyville, Kan., was the NCAA indoor champion in the long jump and was also the runner-up in the triple jump at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. Schmitz, a junior in 2010, carries a 3.86 cumulative GPA as an art major.

Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year – Amanda Madden, Northern State

Madden, a native of Herreid, S.D., won the NCAA outdoor crown in the hammer throw by over 10 feet with a toss of 192-7 (58.70m). In addition, Madden won the NCAA indoor title with the weight throw earlier in the year. Madden, an art major, notched a 3.72 cumulative GPA through the winter 2010 term.

Past Winners

Indoor Track & Field (track athlete)
2010: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

Indoor Track & Field (field athlete)
2010: Darcie Schmitz, Fort Hays State
2009: Jenna Schmidt, Central Missouri

Indoor Track & Field (single award)
2008: Sheena Devine, Bemidji State
Katelin Rains, Minnesota State
2007: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

Outdoor Track & Field (track athlete)
2010: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009: Ashley Puga, Northwest Nazarene
2008: Nandelle Cameron, Lincoln (Mo.)
Emma Erickson, South Dakota

Outdoor Track & Field (field athlete)
2010: Amanda Madden, Northern State
2009: Linda Rainwater, UC San Diego
2008: Jessica Selby-Tallman, Missouri Southern

Outdoor Track & Field (single award)
2007: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

276 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athletes of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2010 Division I All-Academic Track & Field team. A record total of 276 student-athletes representing 72 institutions compose the group. Slippery Rock, Shippensburg, and Grand Valley State led the way with 12 representatives on the All-Academic Team apiece.

National champions Steph Tinney (Ashland), Abby Kacsandi (Ashland), Anja Puc (Neb.-Omaha), Katrina Biermann (Truman State), Michelle Cumberbatch (Lincoln (Mo.)), Racquel Anderson (Lincoln (Mo.)), Alicia Nelson (Adams State), Nelly Spence (Shippensburg), Shermaine Williams (Johnson C. Smith), and Jacqui Barrett (UMass Lowell) joined those who won Scholar Athlete of the Year honors as All-Academic honorees.

Sixteen All-Academic honorees were reported to have cumulative GPAs of 4.0 and above.

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 either the NCAA Division I Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event.

The male Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division II, along with additional individuals given All-Academic status, will be released tomorrow, Friday, July 30. Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Monday, August 2 (men) and Tuesday, August 3 (women).

USTFCCCA 2010 Division II Track & Field All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

Jessica Adams Adams State College
Jenna Bohnen Adams State College
Janette Cary Adams State College
Amanda Doyle Adams State College
Lindsey Grasmick Adams State College
Renee Harris Adams State College
Addison LeMaster Adams State College
Kristen McGlynn Adams State College
Cassie Mitchell Adams State College
Alicia Nelson Adams State College
Vanessa Roy Adams State College
Danielle Lyons Adelphi University
Danielle Matteo Adelphi University
Bidemi Balogun American International College
Kambryn Williams American International College
Whitney Bishoff Anderson University (South Carolina)
Leah Allen Ashland University
Cheryl Bourne Ashland University
Ashley Gregory Ashland University
Abby Kacsandi Ashland University
Kayla King Ashland University
Lisa Roth Ashland University
Stephanie Tinney Ashland University
Noel Bentele Augustana College (South Dakota)
Bobbi Jo Buyck Augustana College (South Dakota)
Linn Nilsson Augustana College (South Dakota)
Annie Pfeifle Augustana College (South Dakota)
Caitlin Polgreen Augustana College (South Dakota)
Kristi Buerkle Bemidji State University
Melinda Bastian Benedict College
Alia Gray California State University, Chico
Kara Lubieniecki California State University, Chico
Shannon Rich California State University, Chico
Jonah Weeks California State University, Chico
Shianne Smith California State University, Los Angeles
Sandy Estep California University of Pennsylvania
Shakeria Love California University of Pennsylvania
Clare McSweeney California University of Pennsylvania
Jerica Snedden California University of Pennsylvania
Torrie Self Central Washington University
Stephanie Orji Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
Kim Hanslovan Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Hilary Hurst Colorado School of Mines
Sydney Laws Colorado School of Mines
Marie Patton Colorado School of Mines
Kristen Rinedollar Colorado School of Mines
Katie Johnson Concordia University, St. Paul
Jayme Wyss Concordia University, St. Paul
Trina Carito East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Corinne Fitzgerald East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Mayor East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Janelle Smith East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Cerroni Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Kathryn Davison Emporia State University
Jaquelyn Jacobs Emporia State University
Katelyn Mona Emporia State University
Ranae Weaver Emporia State University
Christina Muir Ferris State University
Alyssa Osika Ferris State University
Anna Rudd Ferris State University
Amie Algrim Fort Hays 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
Lauren Calorel Georgian Court University
Lynsey Ardingo Grand Valley State University
Ashley Botham Grand Valley State University
Kelly Crowley Grand Valley State University
Maegan Doyen Grand Valley State University
Leiah Hess Grand Valley State University
Christina Kettelhut Grand Valley State University
Monica Kinney Grand Valley State University
Amy Kolin Grand Valley State University
Megan Maceratini Grand Valley State University
Karie McDonald Grand Valley State University
Emily McKerchie Grand Valley State University
Sara Parks Grand Valley State University
Katy Grant Harding University
Erin Benjamin Hillsdale College
Anna Leutheuser Hillsdale College
Marta Scheiwe Hillsdale College
Jennifer Shaffer Hillsdale College
Chelsea Wackernagel Hillsdale College
Maddy Outman Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Nikki Boston Johnson C. Smith University
Rosemarie Carty Johnson C. Smith University
Monique Kelly Johnson C. Smith University
Xahnn Georgia Reid Johnson C. Smith University
Shermaine Williams Johnson C. Smith University
Keri Brown Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kristin Cupido Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
April Doyle Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Steph Grimm Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
lynn lisofsky Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
jessica schlechter Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kate Griewisch Lenoir-Rhyne University
Kathryn Hague Lewis University
Julie Jarrett Lewis University
Racquel Anderson Lincoln University of Missouri
Jhanell Brown Lincoln University of Missouri
Okine Codlyn Lincoln University of Missouri
Michelle Cumberbatch Lincoln University of Missouri
Kirlene Roberts Lincoln University of Missouri
Clarissa Cummings Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Brenae Edwards Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Xenia Flores Metropolitan State College of Denver
Elicia Anderson Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Rebekah Moore Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Kayla Kapsner Minnesota State University Moorhead
Kendra Mooberry Minnesota State University Moorhead
Danielle Thompson Minnesota State University Moorhead
Anna VanWechel Minnesota State University Moorhead
Brittany Henderson Minnesota State University, Mankato
Whitney Kroschel Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kelsey Leonard Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ali Paul Minnesota State University, Mankato
Rebecca Schmidt Minnesota State University, Mankato
Lauren Stelten Minnesota State University, Mankato
Ashley Bunch 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
Lisa Vengels Missouri Southern State University
Cortney Vie Missouri Southern State University
Jill Weeks Missouri Southern State University
Tamara McCaskill Missouri University of Science & Technology
Maegan Hendershot Northern Michigan University
Krista Squiers Northern Michigan University
Mikayla Barondeau Northern State University
Yvonne Freese Northern State University
Amanda Madden Northern State University
Angela Adams Northwest Missouri State University
Lindsay Biermann Northwest Missouri State University
Emily Churchman Northwest Missouri State University
Michelle Phillips Northwest Nazarene University
Jaclyn Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Laura Von Arx Northwest Nazarene University
Kristin Cameron Northwood University (Michigan)
Erin Zampbell Nova Southeastern University
Jennifer Butler Pittsburg State University
Gretchen Clark Pittsburg State University
Shannon Lynch Pittsburg State University
Emily Middleton Pittsburg State University
Michelle Mitchell Pittsburg State University
Jalexis Peterson Pittsburg State University
Heidi Smith Pittsburg State University
Monica Wuertz Pittsburg State University
Sheena Johns Saint Augustine’s College
Keisha Parris Saint Augustine’s College
Brittany Garrett San Francisco State University
Candice Amanda Alvarez Seattle Pacific University
Lisa Anderberg Seattle Pacific University
Kate Harline Seattle Pacific University
Jane Larson Seattle Pacific University
Jennifer Pike Seattle Pacific University
Jessica Pixler Seattle Pacific University
Natty Plunkett Seattle Pacific University
Amanda Ponsonby Seton Hill University
Megan Breski Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Katherine Craven Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Mary Dell Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Emily Dubs Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shannon Hare Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Laura Henzy Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Eric Hess Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Abigail Huber Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Raudabaugh Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Lauren Redington Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Neely Spence Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Sara Wlazelek Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Laura Berry Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Crystal Burnick Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Kim Goth Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Caitlin Hancox Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Hansen Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jen Harpp Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Abby Michaelian Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Seigworth Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Allison Smith Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Kaela Snyder Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jayme Stanek Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Tiffany Tedesco Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jenny Blair Southwest Baptist University
Corie Chuning Southwest Baptist University
Tyrahnique Thomas Southwest Baptist University
Erin Carmone Stonehill College
Christen Carrier Stonehill College
Olivia Dyson Stonehill College
Erin Calvelage The University of Findlay
Stephanie Charnigo The University of Findlay
Randi Depp The University of Findlay
Ashley Jennings The University of Findlay
Lindsey Schmitmeyer The University of Findlay
Christine Zimmermann The University of Findlay
Katrina Biermann Truman State University
Dani Dell’Orco Truman State University
Lisa Kucharski Truman State University
Rachel McCarroll Truman State University
Dimonique McGruder Truman State University
Anne Ratermann Truman State University
Jennifer Zweifel Truman State University
Rebecca Hilt University of Alabama in Huntsville
Latrice Johnson University of Alabama in Huntsville
Leah Sparks University of Alabama in Huntsville
Laura Carr University of Alaska Anchorage
Ardrienna Everett University of Alaska Anchorage
Ruth Keino University of Alaska Anchorage
Miriam Kip’ngeno 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
Leah Murphy University of California, San Diego
Linda Rainwater University of California, San Diego
Anne Carlson University of Central Missouri
Jessica Donovan University of Central Missouri
Erin Eiken University of Central Missouri
Lindsay Lettow University of Central Missouri
Kayla Muyskens University of Central Missouri
Angela Selby University of Central Missouri
Lauren Graham University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Melissa Agnew University of Mary
Brandee DeVine University of Mary
Miranda Fehilly University of Mary
Holly Hassler University of Mary
Kristyn Nelson University of Mary
Kristen Stewart University of Mary
Samantha Williams University of Mary
Dakota Wolf University of Mary
Jacqui Barrett University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Haley Catarius University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Lyra Clark University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Kelly Walton University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Emily Finley University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jessie Golden University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brooke Harris University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jena Isaacson University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brittany Weinandt University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jackie Ziemke University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kayla Koepke University of Nebraska at Omaha
Lianne McNaughton University of Nebraska at Omaha
Maja Mihalinec University of Nebraska at Omaha
Heather Minssen University of Nebraska at Omaha
Anja Puc University of Nebraska at Omaha
Shannon Gagne University of New Haven
Mary Ballinger University of Southern Indiana
Adrienne Curtis University of Southern Indiana
Jackie Henderson University of Southern Indiana
Sarah Whiteman University of Southern Indiana
Jessica Butler University of Tampa
Lauren Pratt University of the Incarnate Word
Christina King Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Paige Pollard Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Megan Zavorka Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Jadiah Riley West Texas A&M University
Morgan Shelton West Texas A&M University
Bailee Skeen West Texas A&M University
Tara Tarrant West Texas A&M University
Ashley Potter Western Oregon University
Hilory Davis Western State College of Colorado
Casey Hagen Western State College of Colorado
Katie Kielian Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Kleppin Western State College of Colorado
Cassandra Ortiz Western State College of Colorado
Rachel Webb Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Breihof Western Washington University
Monika Gruszecki Western Washington University
Rachael Johnson Western Washington University
Courtney Olsen Western Washington University
Sarah Campanelli Wheeling Jesuit University
Megan Pratt Wheeling Jesuit University
Lauren Brown Winona State University
Caitlin Dhein Winona State University
Brittney Rynda Winona State University