New Haven’s Gagne Claims Unprecedented Three National Scholar-Athlete Awards in Division II

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

August 5, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – New Haven’s Shannon Gagne and New Mexico Highlands’ Jillisa Grant were named on Friday as Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division II for the 2011 track & field seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The group represents collegiate track & field’s best in both athletics and academics. In addition, 311 were tapped as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.

Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards 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 / Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year /
Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Shannon Gagne, New Haven

Gagne, a graduate student from Meriden, Conn., is the first in USTFCCCA history to win three National Scholar-Athlete awards in a single track & field year as her academic and athletic performance throughout 2011 placed her ahead of the rest. Holding a 3.97 cumulative GPA and majoring in national security, Gagne won NCAA indoor titles in the 200 meters, 400 meters, and long jump. Outdoors, Gagne claimed additional crowns in the 200 and 400.

Earlier this week, Gagne was named by CoSIDA as the year’s all-around college division Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year. Gagne was also the USTFCCCA’s National Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2011.

Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year –
Jillisa Grant, New Mexico Highlands

Grant, a junior from Spanish Town, Jamaica, was the NCAA Division II outdoor long jump champion in 2011 and holds a 3.85 cumulative GPA in human performance.

Past Winners

Indoor Track & Field (track athlete)
2011: Shannon Gagne, New Haven
2010: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific

Indoor Track & Field (field athlete)
2011: Shannon Gagne, New Haven
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)
2011: Shannon Gagne, New Haven
2010: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2009: Ashley Puga, Northwest Nazarene
2008: Nandelle Cameron, Lincoln (Mo.)
Emma Erickson, South Dakota

Outdoor Track & Field (field athlete)
2011: Jillisa Grant, New Mexico Highlands
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

311 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athletes of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced the women’s 2011 Division II All-Academic Track & Field team. A total of 311 student-athletes representing 80 institutions compose the group.

Grand Valley State led all squads with 20 team members named to the All-Academic list. Slippery Rock followed with 11 nods. In third place, Shippensburg, Ashland, Southern Connecticut, and Western State checked in with nine honorees.

NCAA champions Lindsay Lettow (Central Missouri), Monica Kinney (Grand Valley State), Barbara Szabo (Western State), Andria Nussey (Angelo State), Christa Bergmann (Fort Hays State), Lauren Stelten (Minnesota State), Cassie Mitchell (Adams State), Shermaine Williams (Johnson C. Smith), Monika Gruszecki (Western Washington), and Neely Spence (Shippensburg) joined Gagne and Grant on the All-Academic list.

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 an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying mark in an individual or relay event at some point in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Tuesday, August 9 (women) and Thursday, August 11 (men).

USTFCCCA 2011 Division II Track & Field All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

Student-Athlete Institution
Jenna Bohnen Adams State College
Lindsey Grasmick Adams State College
Katie Kruger Adams State College
Kelly Lamb Adams State College
Kristen McGlynn Adams State College
Cassie Mitchell Adams State College
Annelise Pradal Adams State College
Bidemi Balogun American International College
Starr Nathan American International College
Kambryn Williams American International College
Whitney Bishoff Anderson University (South Carolina)
Kati  Holly Angelo State University
Andria Nussey Angelo State University
Cathryn Rittenberry Angelo State University
Chrystal Ruiz Angelo State University
Summer Sutherland Angelo State University
Kimberly Williams Angelo State University
Kelsey Wilson Angelo State University
Stephanie Abbott Ashland University
Leah Allen Ashland University
Kendra Bassitt Ashland University
Cheryl Bourne Ashland University
Ashley Gregory Ashland University
Abby Kacsandi Ashland University
Lisa Roth Ashland University
Stephanie Stoffel Ashland University
Stephanie Tinney Ashland University
Noel Bentele Augustana College (South Dakota)
Colleen Everson Augustana College (South Dakota)
Katie Guse Augustana College (South Dakota)
Leah Hansen Augustana College (South Dakota)
Molly Kokesh Augustana College (South Dakota)
Molly Culbertson Bellarmine University
Kristin Hamrick Bellarmine University
Carissa Martin Bellarmine University
Angela Musk Bellarmine University
Meghan Shagena Bellarmine University
Kristi Buerkle Bemidji State University
Amy Varsell Bentley University
Tiffany Dinh California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Anna Eicholtz California State University, Chico
Alia Gray California State University, Chico
Kara Lubieniecki California State University, Chico
Shannon Rich California State University, Chico
Ashley Webster California State University, Chico
Justina Sadauskaite California State University, Los Angeles
Sandy Estep California University of Pennsylvania
Shakeria Love California University of Pennsylvania
Jordyn Reagan California University of Pennsylvania
Amber Saunders California University of Pennsylvania
Shaina Afoa Central Washington University
Rebecca Clark Central Washington University
Katharine Lotze Central Washington University
Torrie Self Central Washington University
Julia Bayer Chadron State College
Stacee Craig Chadron State College
Megan Harrell Chadron State College
Alyssa Norton Chadron State College
Ashley Riesen Chadron State College
Jazmyn Webster Chadron State College
Alexis Carter Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Kaysee Nesmoe Concordia University, St. Paul
Trina Carito East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Corinne Fitzgerald East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Rose Mascoli East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Lynn Mayer East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Katie Mona Emporia State University
Elizabeth Stover Emporia State University
Zoey Hohmann Ferris State University
Samantha Johnson Ferris State University
Amy Joostberns Ferris State University
Christina Muir Ferris State University
Paige Onweller Ferris State University
Alyssa Osika Ferris State University
Anna Rudd Ferris State University
Christa Bergmann Fort Hays State University
Kyleigh Edwards Fort Hays State University
Kristen Fleharty Fort Hays State University
Carissa Heim Fort Hays State University
Kelsey Martin Fort Hays State University
Makayla McPhail Fort Hays State University
Darcie Schmitz Fort Hays State University
Amy Berry Georgian Court University
Justine Elardo Georgian Court University
Shavine Hodges Grand Canyon University
Brianne Kee Grand Canyon University
Brittany Warren Grand Canyon University
Ashley Botham Grand Valley State University
Adrienne Chandler Grand Valley State University
Kylen Cieslak Grand Valley State University
Eileen Creutz Grand Valley State University
Kelly Crowley Grand Valley State University
Katelyn Fox Grand Valley State University
Lisa Galasso Grand Valley State University
Sarah Gryniewicz Grand Valley State University
Kristen Hixson Grand Valley State University
Brittney Jackson Grand Valley State University
Monica Kinney Grand Valley State University
Jocelyn Kuksa Grand Valley State University
Autumn Lantz Grand Valley State University
Megan Maceratini Grand Valley State University
Karie McDonald Grand Valley State University
Julia Nowak Grand Valley State University
Hannah Osborn Grand Valley State University
Sara Parks Grand Valley State University
Kayla Vallar Grand Valley State University
Amanda Whowell Grand Valley State University
Catherine Nass Hillsdale College
Amanda Putt Hillsdale College
Marta Scheiwe Hillsdale College
Jennifer Shaffer Hillsdale College
Amber Smith Hillsdale College
Chelsea Wackernagel Hillsdale College
Naffene Briscoe Johnson C. Smith University
Rosemarie Carty Johnson C. Smith University
Sasha-Gay Cunningham Johnson C. Smith University
Monique Kelly Johnson C. Smith University
Xahnn-Georgia Reid Johnson C. Smith University
Danielle Williams Johnson C. Smith University
Shermaine Williams Johnson C. Smith University
Keri Brown Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Katie Colburn Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
April Doyle Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Eshleman Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Colleen Bednar Lake Erie College
Kaitlyn Holland Lake Erie College
Kate Griewisch Lenoir-Rhyne University
Julie Jarrett Lewis University
Molly Szilard Lewis University
Jhanell Brown Lincoln University of Missouri
Michelle Cumberbatch Lincoln University of Missouri
Lindsey Lambert Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Alaina Leonard Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Brenae Edwards Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Alexa Tsiknas Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Elicia Anderson Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Mona Reuter Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Brittany Yanora Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Kristina Anderson Minnesota State University Moorhead
Nicole Hall Minnesota State University Moorhead
Kendra Mooberry Minnesota State University Moorhead
Kara Nygaard Minnesota State University Moorhead
Anna VanWechel Minnesota State University Moorhead
Kirby Vossler Minnesota State University Moorhead
Lauren Stelten Minnesota State University, Mankato
Lindsey Bragg Missouri Southern State University
Ashley Bunch Missouri Southern State University
Kylie Cornman Missouri Southern State University
Nicole Green Missouri Southern State University
Kelly McKay Missouri Southern State University
Carita Riutta Missouri Southern State University
Rachel Schrader Missouri Southern State University
Lisa Vengels Missouri Southern State University
Jillisa Grant New Mexico Highlands University
Sheneika Rochester New Mexico Highlands University
Catherine Angeli Northern Michigan University
Yvonne Freese Northern State University
Samantha Fender Northwest Missouri State University
Rachel Lewis Northwest Missouri State University
Brittany Poole Northwest Missouri State University
Chelsea Barr Northwest Nazarene University
Jaclyn Puga Northwest Nazarene University
Keisha Etienne Nova Southeastern University
Emily Ballock Pittsburg State University
Gretchen Clark Pittsburg State University
Lesli Gilbert Pittsburg State University
Shannon Lynch Pittsburg State University
Michelle Mitchell Pittsburg State University
Heidi Smith Pittsburg State University
Tessa Westoff Pittsburg State University
Monica Wuertz Pittsburg State University
Elizabeth Willford Saginaw Valley State University
Alycia Wright Saginaw Valley State University
Unique Connor Saint Augustine’s College
Sheena Johns Saint Augustine’s College
Dominique Knowles San Francisco State University
Felicia Terwilliger San Francisco State University
Carrie Thomas San Francisco State University
Katy Gross Seattle Pacific University
Jennifer Pike Seattle Pacific University
Alison Worthen Seattle Pacific University
Lindsay Bingaman Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Megan Breski Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Emily Dubs Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Laura Henzy Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Erica Hess Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Abby Huber Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Raudabaugh Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Neely Spence Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Katie Spratford Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Lexie Arnold 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
Jen Harpp Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Knapp Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Angela Schroeder Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Seigworth Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Allison Smith Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Kayla Snyder Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jayme Stanek Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Shaina Barr Southern Connecticut State University
Ashley Bell Southern Connecticut State University
Alasia Griebel Southern Connecticut State University
Sarah Hill Southern Connecticut State University
Kimberly Johnson Southern Connecticut State University
Brittany Niemczyk Southern Connecticut State University
Samantha Spindel Southern Connecticut State University
Jaclyn Sullivan Southern Connecticut State University
Titilayo Vanriel Southern Connecticut State University
Corie Chuning Southwest Baptist University
Katie Dusenberg Southwest Baptist University
Emma Shell Southwest Baptist University
Tyrahnique Thomas Southwest Baptist University
Samantha Hull St. Martin’s University
Samantha Alvarez Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Katie Dugie Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Erin Calvelage The University of Findlay
Randi Depp The University of Findlay
Lindsey Schmitmeyer The University of Findlay
Catherine Wiemers The University of Findlay
Christine Zimmermann The University of Findlay
Lynzi Daughenbaugh Tiffin University
Amanda Tooley Tiffin University
Shaina Dochterman 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
Latrice Johnson University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ardrienna Everett University of Alaska Anchorage
Kelsea Johnson University of Alaska Anchorage
Ruth Keino University of Alaska Anchorage
Miriam Kipngeno University of Alaska Anchorage
Haleigh Lloyd University of Alaska Anchorage
Kelly Fogarty University of California, San Diego
Erin Alewine University of Central Missouri
Jessica Donovan University of Central Missouri
Lindsey Kunkel University of Central Missouri
Lindsay Lettow University of Central Missouri
Kayla Muyskens University of Central Missouri
Jenna Schmidt University of Central Missouri
Angela Selby University of Central Missouri
Sotrm Simons University of Central Missouri
Lauren Graham University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Courtney Kuzmicz University of Indianapolis
Haley Miller University of Indianapolis
Kenya Owens University of Indianapolis
Valorie Wagner University of Indianapolis
Katy Watson University of Indianapolis
Melissa Agnew University of Mary
Kayla Carlson University of Mary
Nicketa Coombs University of Mary
Kristen Nelson University of Mary
Kristen Stewart University of Mary
Samantha Williams University of Mary
Dakota Wolf University of Mary
Karie Judge University of Massachusetts Lowell
Elisabeth Monty University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lauren Raimondi University of Massachusetts Lowell
Elizabeth Crane University of Minnesota Duluth
Bridget Hines University of Minnesota Duluth
Megan Stroh University of Minnesota Duluth
Marissa Bongers University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jena Isaacson University of Nebraska at Kearney
Erica Pirog University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jackie Ziemke University of Nebraska at Kearney
Jody-Ann Coore University of Nebraska at Omaha
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
Celeste Robinson University of Nebraska at Omaha
Sami Spenner University of Nebraska at Omaha
Shannon Gagne University of New Haven
Shraya Manick University of New Haven
Ada Udaya University of New Haven
Monica Yanez University of New Haven
Jackie Henderson University of Southern Indiana
Kaylee McClanahan University of Southern Indiana
Latoya Allen University of the District of Columbia
Lauren Pratt University of the Incarnate Word
Shaneve Swift University of the Incarnate Word
Hope Christie University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Heidi Ertl University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Roxanne Stratenwerth University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Nicole Brungardt Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Christina King Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Paige Pollard Wayne State College (Nebraska)
Melanie Ruff West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Smith West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Jadiah Riley West Texas A&M University
Bailee Skeen West Texas A&M University
Annan Applebee Western Oregon University
Justine Mosher Western Oregon University
Ashley Potter Western Oregon University
Melanie Becic Western State College of Colorado
Hillory Davis Western State College of Colorado
Jessica Hadford Western State College of Colorado
Jesse Howe Western State College of Colorado
Lauren Kleppin Western State College of Colorado
Sophie McNeely Western State College of Colorado
Tara Richardson Western State College of Colorado
Barbara Szabo 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
Elisa Moenkedick Winona State University
Caitlyn Zepczyk Winona State University