Neely Spence of Shippensburg Adds Scholar Athlete of the Year Title to NCAA Crown

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 16, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – Neely Spence of Shippensburg was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2010 cross country season on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Spence won the NCAA Cross Country individual title in the fall.

Scholar Athletes of the Year are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division II
Cross Country Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Neely Spence, Shippensburg

Spence, a junior from Shippensburg, Pa., won the NCAA women’s individual title in cross country for the first time this past fall and became the school’s first national champion in the sport. Spence, who holds a 3.84 cumulative GPA in the field of human communication studies, took the six-kilometer race at the national championships in 20:41.2, over 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Sarah Porter of Western Washington. Spence led the Red Raiders to a fourth-place national team finish.

Spence went undefeated through the 2010 cross country season, winning a third-straight NCAA regional title and PSAC conference crown to go with the national crown. At the Greater Louisville Classic, Spence set a new 5k course record and won the race which included many from Division I.

Past Winners

2010: Neely Spence, Shippensburg

2009: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

2008: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

2007: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

2006: Esther Komen, Western State

313 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women who earned 2010 Division II All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 313 student-athletes represent the 115 institutions that compose the group. Slippery Rock, U-Mary, and Western State led the nation with seven All-Academic honorees while five schools tied with six nods apiece to follow. The PSAC led all conferences with 52 on the list and the Northeast-10 came next with 25.

Twelve of the top 20 finishers at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic status, including top-ten finishers Spence, Kristen McGlynn (Adams State), Ruth Keino (Alaska-Anchorage), and Megan Maceratini (Grand Valley State). In addition, six of eight NCAA Regional Champions from the 2010 season earned All-Academic honors.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.

USTFCCCA 2010 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

NAME INSTITUTION
Anais Belledant Abilene Christian University
Alyese Goldsmith Abilene Christian University
Kelly Lamb Adams State College
Sarah Lange Adams State College
Addison LeMaster Adams State College
Kristen McGlynn Adams State College
Cassie Mitchell Adams State College
Alicia Nelson Adams State College
Emily Campbell Adelphi University
Danielle Lyons Adelphi University
ashley teets Alderson-Broaddus College
Whitney Bishoff Anderson University (South Carolina)
Lydia Davis Anderson University (South Carolina)
Emily Eckroth Anderson University (South Carolina)
Madeline Fitts Anderson University (South Carolina)
Emeline Crutcher Angelo State University
Andria Nussey Angelo State University
Kaitlin Bounds Arkansas Tech University
Lauren Karnitz Arkansas Tech University
Bailee Miller Arkansas Tech University
Leah Allen Ashland University
Jessica Daughters Ashland University
Amanda Farson Ashland University
Ashley Gregory Ashland University
Holly Keeper Augusta State University
Lyndsay Nichols Augusta State University
Claudia Nunez-Lopez Augusta State University
Leah Hansen Augustana College (South Dakota)
Annie Pfiefle Augustana College (South Dakota)
Ericka Skinner Barton College
Lindsay Boyce Bellarmine University
Lisa Miville Bellarmine University
Angela Musk Bellarmine University
Meghan Shagena Bellarmine University
Caitlin Fahey Bentley University
Lauren Lesniak Bentley University
Evelyn Marrero Bentley University
Ashley Nichols Bentley University
Amy Varsell Bentley University
Kaitlyn McShay Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Katherine Buxton Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Lacey Krout Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Lacee Kurtz Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Chanda Romney Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Tiffany Dinh California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Diana Zapata California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Kara Lubieniecki California State University, Chico
Shannon Rich California State University, Chico
Jonah Weeks California State University, Chico
Justina Sadauskaite California State University, Los Angeles
Katherine Gomez California State University, San Bernardino
Maeve Charlesworth California University of Pennsylvania
Brittney Kanach California University of Pennsylvania
Jill Schickling California University of Pennsylvania
Carly Youngeberg California University of Pennsylvania
Kelsey Bizzell Christian Brothers University
Brittly Butler Christian Brothers University
Cali Copsey Christian Brothers University
Renae Van Wyhe Christian Brothers University
Ciara Shorts Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Megan Toddy Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Tamara Comer Clark Atlanta University
Ariel Lomax Clark Atlanta University
Kourtney Aylor Clayton State University
Paige Galvin Clayton State University
Emma Cohen College of Saint Rose
Morgan Stumb Colorado School of Mines
Chelsea Callaway Concord University
Danielle Pye Concord University
Ashley Carrillo Delta State University
Maddie Glass Delta State University
Stacey Hagenson Delta State University
Annalee Pierce Delta State University
Alyssa Shetley Delta State University
Hannah Grace Whitaker Delta State University
Brenda Varela Drury University
Corinne Fitzgerald East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kim Lowry East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Rose Mascoli East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bridget McCarron East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jonna Trexler East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Adrienne Montoya Eastern New Mexico University
Nicky Reid Eastern New Mexico University
Elizabeth Budzinski Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Cerroni Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Monica Ciarniello Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Brittany Kaltenbaugh Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Kucewicz Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Hilary Weismiller Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Katelyn Mona Emporia State University
Liz Loftis Erskine College
Shelby Janutol Ferris State University
Samantha Johnson Ferris State University
Christina Muir Ferris State University
Paige Onweller Ferris State University
Alyssa Osika Ferris State University
Anna Rudd Ferris State University
Laura McKnight Flagler College
Kaitlyn Shaffer Flagler College
Nicole Clarke Florida Institute of Technology
Stephanie Fonseca Florida Institute of Technology
Suzi Gordon Florida Institute of Technology
Ali Ronk Florida Institute of Technology
Kelsey Dunn Florida Southern College
Karys Whitehead Florida Southern College
Amie Algrim Fort Hays State University
Raven Boettger Fort Hays State University
Heidi Hines Fort Hays State University
Ashley Kelly Fort Lewis College
rosie cooper Gannon University
Dani Destiche Georgia College & State University
Justine Berger Georgian Court University
Cynthia Cuiule Georgian Court University
Kylen Cieslak Grand Valley State University
Monica Kinney Grand Valley State University
Megan Maceratini Grand Valley State University
Julia Nowak Grand Valley State University
Gladys Kimtai Harding University
Frida Aspnas Hawaii Pacific University
Ina Marie Hjorth Hawaii Pacific University
Amanda Putt Hillsdale College
Melissa TenKate Hillsdale College
Lauren Bauer Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Beaudette Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Bridget Connolly Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Katie Koenig Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Alyssa Taddie Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Alfano King College
Danielle Beauvais King College
Evan Ferrell King College
Carrie Nelson King College
Kendra Sokol King College
Hannah Witt King College
Keri Brown Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Cleary Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kristin Cupido Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Hannah Henderson Lees-McRae College
Kira Shoemaker Lees-McRae College
Kate Griewisch Lenoir-Rhyne University
Laura Rhyne Lenoir-Rhyne University
Amy Clawson Lewis University
Kathryn Hague Lewis University
Lindsey Lambert Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Katherine Sick Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Courtney Whitmoyer Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Kait Chegwidden Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Scordino Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Kristy Scordino Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Cherie Jackson Mercyhurst College
Rebecca Ainscow Merrimack College
Anne Bajor Merrimack College
Fiona Coleman Merrimack College
Kery Allen Metropolitan State College of Denver
Amanda Halonen Michigan Technological University
Deedra Irwin Michigan Technological University
Jill Smith Michigan Technological University
Alison Springer-Wilson Michigan Technological University
Janel Campbell Midwestern State University
Ashley Flores Midwestern State University
Cara Mack Midwestern State University
Elicia Anderson Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Michelle Blum Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Megan Meyer Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Bekah Moore Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Anna VanWechel Minnesota State University Moorhead
Sarah Bowler Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jenny Hoese Minnesota State University, Mankato
Laura Hughes Minnesota State University, Mankato
Olga Bulgurova Missouri Southern State University
Victoria Kline Missouri Southern State University
Rachel Schrader Missouri Southern State University
Ashley Siler Missouri Southern State University
Marlee Tegenkamp Missouri Southern State University
Sarah Jackson Montana State University-Billings
Katie Thiel Montana State University-Billings
Kayla Justice Northern Kentucky University
Jerrica Maddox Northern Kentucky University
Angela Adams Northwest Missouri State University
Katti Carrol Northwest Missouri State University
Jordan Esry Northwest Missouri State University
Madison Marshman Northwest Missouri State University
Natalie Evans Northwest Nazarene University
Jaclyn Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Perri Bowman Nova Southeastern University
Courtney McAuliffe Nova Southeastern University
Alexandria Palm Nova Southeastern University
Anjelica DiNucci Philadelphia University
Sarah Simonetti Philadelphia University
Holly Annas Queens University of Charlotte
Jessica Neville Queens University of Charlotte
Sue Choi San Francisco State University
Natty Plunkett Seattle Pacific University
Anna Cote Seton Hill University
Stephanie Pryor Seton Hill University
Mary Dell Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Emily Dubs Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Abby Huber Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Neely Spence Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Spratford Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Becky Belding Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Crystal Burnick Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Case Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Sally Dugas Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Harpp Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Abby Michaelian Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Becky Younger Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Katie Bolce Sonoma State University
Megan Carroll Southern Connecticut State University
Alasia Griebel Southern Connecticut State University
Nicole Strauss Southern Connecticut State University
Jacklyn Sullivan Southern Connecticut State University
Titilayo Vanriel Southern Connecticut State University
Melissa Hurley Southern New Hampshire University
Christina Montefusco Southern New Hampshire University
Mandy Brady Southwest Baptist University
Krenda McClure Southwest Baptist University
Ashley Wolkomir Southwest Baptist University
Roshane Boreland St. Cloud State University
Joscelyn Minton St. Martin’s University
Keeley Bateman St. Thomas Aquinas College
Sarah Callagy St. Thomas Aquinas College
Julia Karl St. Thomas Aquinas College
Jill Alves Stonehill College
Lindsey Booth Stonehill College
Caroline McBride Stonehill College
Brier Sterling The University of Findlay
Christine Zimmermann The University of Findlay
Ashley Gilroy Tiffin University
Rebecca Miller Tiffin University
Carly Reese Tiffin University
Maria Shaw Tiffin University
Cindy Grauel Truman State University
Karen Grauel Truman State University
Anne Ratermann Truman State University
Jill Koch University of Alabama in Huntsville
Gwen Kyser University of Alabama in Huntsville
Allyson Pierce University of Alabama in Huntsville
Susan Bick University of Alaska Anchorage
Ruth Keino University of Alaska Anchorage
Miriam Kipngeno University of Alaska Anchorage
Ivy O’Guinn University of Alaska Anchorage
Kacy Hession University of Central Missouri
Kate West University of Central Missouri
Jennifer Agnew University of Mary
Melissa Agnew University of Mary
Kayla Carlson University of Mary
Nocona Frame University of Mary
Irene Kosgei University of Mary
Alyson Piccolo University of Mary
Dakota Wolf University of Mary
Neha Bhatia University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Ivory Farren University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Kelly Walton University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Bridget Hines University of Minnesota Duluth
Whitney Hines University of Minnesota Duluth
Michelle SanCartier University of Minnesota Duluth
Rachael Stack University of Minnesota Duluth
Jacqueline Thaemert University of Minnesota Duluth
Haley Evans University of Montevallo
Katherine Schofield University of Montevallo
Brooke Harris University of Nebraska at Kearney
Amy Long University of Nebraska at Kearney
Lauren Stengel University of Nebraska at Kearney
Anja Puc University of Nebraska at Omaha
Dominique Stasulli University of New Haven
Ashlee Doughty University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Livia Mahaffie University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Adrienne Curtis University of Southern Indiana
Jackie Henderson University of Southern Indiana
Kaylee McClanahan University of Southern Indiana
Lauren Minor University of Southern Indiana
Erika Wilson University of Southern Indiana
Lindsay Edwards University of Tampa
Kelly Hagen University of Tampa
Kaia Hampton University of Tampa
Heather Nicolosi University of Tampa
Bailey Loyd University of the Incarnate Word
Abigail Kearns University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Polina Babkina University of West Alabama
Carolyn Mancuso University of West Alabama
McKenzie Carney University of West Florida
Stacy Paton University of West Florida
Renea Porsch University of West Florida
Hope Christie University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Heidi Ertl University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Jordanne Helton Valdosta State University
Ashley Luther Valdosta State University
Kristina Koutsouros West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Lyndsey Ratasiewicz West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Jordan McDonald West Virginia Wesleyan College
Tricia Morrison Western Oregon University
Erika Snawder Western Oregon University
Amanda Wright Western Oregon University
Hillory Davis Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Kleppin Western State College of Colorado
Anna Marshall Western State College of Colorado
Sophie McNeely Western State College of Colorado
Cassandra Ortiz Western State College of Colorado
Julianne Payton Western State College of Colorado
Tara Richardson Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Breihof Western Washington University
Sierra Brisky Western Washington University
Phoebe Hartnett Western Washington University
Rachael Johnson Western Washington University
Michelle Pottratz Wheeling Jesuit University
Megan Truelove Wheeling Jesuit University
Whitney Hora Wilmington University (Delaware)
Mary Kate McCaffery Wilmington University (Delaware)
Danielle Riley Wilmington University (Delaware)
Alicia Harbold Wingate University
Brianna Stevens Wingate University
Keeley Wood Wingate University
Jenna Southworth Winona State University