Spence Wins Final Collegiate Award, Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2011 Cross Country

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

February 8, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Neely Spence of Shippensburg was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2011 cross country season on Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This fall, Spence won her second-straight NCAA Division II Cross Country individual title.

Scholar Athletes 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

In addition to gaining her second-straight NCAA cross country crown, Spence, a native of Shippensburg, Pa., is also a two-time winner of the Scholar Athlete of the Year award for cross country. Spence carried a 3.86-cumulative GPA through the fall semester, studying Human Communication.

Spence won her the 2011 national championship with a 13-second victory over the field and a 6K time of 20:53. Spence led for the majority of the race, gradually expanding her lead as the runners staggered through frozen, snowy tundra.

Earlier in the fall, Spence captured her fourth-straight Atlantic Region crown and won the region this season by nearly a full minute with a 20:43 performance in the 6k. Spence also became the first in PSAC history to win four-straight league cross country crowns.

Spence announced shortly after cross country season that she would forego her track & field eligibility and turned to a professional career in running.

Past Winners

2011: Neely Spence, Shippensburg
2010: Neely Spence, Shippensburg
2009: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2008: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2007: Jessica Pixler, Seattle Pacific
2006: Esther Komen, Western State

354 Earn All-Academic Status

In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those women who earned 2011 Division II All-Academic Cross Country status.

A total of 354 student-athletes represent the 117 institutions that compose the group. Among the nation’s squads, seven earned six All-Academic honors for the season, including Western State, Saginaw Valley State, Philadelphia, Edinboro, U-Mary, Grand Valley State, and Adams State. Another 19 teams notched five on the All-Academic list. Among conferences, the PSAC led them all with 58 honorees, followed by the GLIAC’s 37.

All of the top 12 finishers from the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall earned All-Academic honors, including the top eight overall finishers which each have a cumulative GPA of 3.70 or better.

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 2011 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, WOMEN

ATHLETE INSTITUTION
Kelly Lamb Adams State College
Sarah Lange Adams State College
Lauren Martin Adams State College
Alicia Nelson Adams State College
Melissa Roberts Adams State College
Tayler Warren Adams State College
Katie Hundertmark Adelphi University
Jacqueline Kaste Adelphi University
Cassandra Papandrew Adelphi University
Jeptui Cherutich American International College
Claudia Fernandez American International College
MJ Ohoueu American International College
Alexandra Stasiuk American International College
Whitney Bishoff Anderson University (South Carolina)
Emily Eckroth Anderson University (South Carolina)
Amanda Johnson Anderson University (South Carolina)
Hannah Robles Anderson University (South Carolina)
Emeline Crutcher Angelo State University
Alyssa Priest Angelo State University
Amanda Farson Ashland University
Anna Mion Ashland University
McKenzie Roth Ashland University
Kaylie Snyder Ashland University
Jessica Carpenter Augusta State University
Jacquelyn Nagel Augusta State University
Lyndsay Nichols Augusta State University
Leah Hansen Augustana College (South Dakota)
Annie Pfeifle Augustana College (South Dakota)
Emily Frith Bellarmine University
Kelsey Love Bellarmine University
Angela Musk Bellarmine University
Olivia Flaggert Belmont Abbey College
Tara Dooley Bentley University
Caitlin Fahey Bentley University
Evelyn Marrero Bentley University
Ashley Nichols Bentley University
Amy Varsell Bentley University
Victoria Davis Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kelsey Harm Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kaitlyn McShay Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Tiffany Dinh California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Diana Zapata California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Alia Gray California State University, Chico
Tiffany Heflin California State University, Chico
Paige Henker California State University, Chico
Shannon Rich California State University, Chico
Jonah Weeks California State University, Chico
Cassandra Mejia California State University, Los Angeles
Allison Hall California University of Pennsylvania
Laurie Hall California University of Pennsylvania
Erin Kling California University of Pennsylvania
Alexandra Zanella California University of Pennsylvania
Cali Copsey Christian Brothers University
Rachel Munsee Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Milea Schall Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Ciara Shorts Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Megan Toddy Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Kellie Wyatt Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Paige Galvin Clayton State University
Jessica Smith Clayton State University
Samantha Walling Clayton State University
Kirsten Farquhar Colorado School of Mines
Chloe Gustafson Colorado School of Mines
Hannah Schuster Colorado School of Mines
Chelsea Callaway Concord University
Stacey Hagenson Delta State University
Annalee Pierce Delta State University
Alyssa Shetley Delta State University
Landi Tubertini Delta State University
Hannah Grace Whitaker Delta State University
Corinne Fitzgerald East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kim Lowry East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Rose Mascoli East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kelsy Rushing East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Sabrina Huelga Eastern New Mexico University
Adrienne Montoya Eastern New Mexico University
Nicky Reid Eastern New Mexico University
Emily Aherns Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Budinski 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
Katelyn Mona Emporia State University
Liz Loftis Erskine College
Rachel Whitmire Erskine College
Shelby Janutol Ferris State University
Christina Muir Ferris State University
Alyssa Osika Ferris State University
Anna Rudd Ferris State University
Felicia Slate Ferris State University
Taylor Strekel Flagler College
Nicole Clarke Florida Institute of Technology
Suzi Gordon Florida Institute of Technology
Raven Boettger Fort Hays State University
Heidi Hines Fort Hays State University
Alex Nelson Fort Hays State University
Emily Reinhart Gannon University
Allison Lones Georgia College & State University
Cynthia Cuiule Georgian Court University
Jordan Chester Grand Valley State University
Callie Clark Grand Valley State University
Rachel Clark Grand Valley State University
Monica Kinney Grand Valley State University
Karie McDonald Grand Valley State University
Julia Nowak Grand Valley State University
Dallis Bailey Harding University
Gladys Kimtai Harding University
Rachel Roberts Harding University
Ewa Zaborowska Harding University
Amanda Putt Hillsdale College
Jennifer Shaffer Hillsdale College
Melissa TenKate Hillsdale College
Bridget Berg Humboldt State University
Jeannie Castell Humboldt State University
Stephanie Beaudette Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Katie Koenig Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Yelena Share Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Alyssa Taddie Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Samantha Thompson Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Danielle Beauvais King College
Evan Ferrell King College
Kendra Sokol King College
Jennifer Cleary Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Carolyn Fergus Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Molly MacDonald Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Frances McNally Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Emma D’Ambro Le Moyne College
Gina Micaroni Le Moyne College
Emily Shields Lees-McRae College
Katherine Shields Lees-McRae College
Alyse Childress Lenoir-Rhyne University
Kate Griewisch Lenoir-Rhyne University
Ashley Kale Lenoir-Rhyne University
Tiffany Payne Lenoir-Rhyne University
Kayla Patterson Lewis University
Sofia Lopez Mimendi Lincoln Memorial University
Lindsey Lambert Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Katie Sick Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Courtney Whitmoyer Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Kait Chegwidden Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Brenae Edwars Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Susan Learn Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Scordino Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Kristy Scordino Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Viscusi Mars Hill College
Emily Francis Mercyhurst College
Rebecca Ainscow Merrimack College
Anne Bajor Merrimack College
Fiona Coleman Merrimack College
Kery Allen Metropolitan State College of Denver
Ashley Rietman Metropolitan State College of Denver
Sarah Daniels Michigan Technological University
Amanda Halonen Michigan Technological University
Christina Mishica Michigan Technological University
Marissa Yovetich Michigan Technological University
Janel Campbell Midwestern State University
Ashley Flores Midwestern State University
Michelle Krezonoski Midwestern State University
Heather Owens Midwestern State University
Elicia Anderson Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Michelle Blum Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Brittney Martin Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Rebekah Moore Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Mulvey Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Bowler Minnesota State University, Mankato
Codi Fritchie Missouri Southern State University
Rachel Schrader Missouri Southern State University
Marlee Tegenkamp Missouri Southern State University
Lisa Lake Missouri University of Science and Technology
Kelsey Gaffney Northern Kentucky University
Kaitlyn Hooper Northern Kentucky University
Kayla Justice Northern Kentucky University
Mandy Dye Northern Michigan University
Larissa Halonen Northern Michigan University
Angela Adams Northwest Missouri State University
Katti Carroll Northwest Missouri State University
Jordan Esry Northwest Missouri State University
Anne Herbert Northwest Missouri State University
Brittany Poole Northwest Missouri State University
Meagan Swenson Northwest Nazarene University
Peri Bowman Nova Southeastern University
Alexandria Palm Nova Southeastern University
Taylor Stokes Nova Southeastern University
Chelsea Attaway Philadelphia University
Gabrielle Dei Tos Philadelphia University
Anjelica DiNucci Philadelphia University
Taylor Falvey Philadelphia University
Sarah Simonetti Philadelphia University
Christina Wetzel Philadelphia University
Cate Dunn Pittsburg State University
Katelyn Henderson Pittsburg State University
Bridgette McCormick Pittsburg State University
Kaley Temaat Pittsburg State University
Erica Testa Pittsburg State University
Indira Avila Queens College (New York)
Caitlin O’Brien Regis University (Colorado)
Lauren Policky Regis University (Colorado)
Lauren Hill Saginaw Valley State University
Ashley Meyer Saginaw Valley State University
Megan Pittoors Saginaw Valley State University
Chelsea Savage Saginaw Valley State University
Emily Short Saginaw Valley State University
Alycia Wright Saginaw Valley State University
Bianca Ciuffredo Saint Anselm College
Allyn Doyle Saint Anselm College
Mueller Frankie Saint Anselm College
Joanna Marczyk Saint Anselm College
Holly Blackburn Saint Leo University
Jillian Browne Saint Leo University
Tereza Novotna Saint Leo University
Paxton Cota San Francisco State University
Kendall Dye San Francisco State University
Zuleima Jimenez San Francisco State University
Alicia Trujillo San Francisco State University
Alli Cutting Seattle Pacific University
McKayla Fricker Seattle Pacific University
Heidi Laabs-Johnson Seattle Pacific University
Natty Plunkett Seattle Pacific University
Robyn Zeidler Seattle Pacific University
Jeannie Bujdos Seton Hill University
Mary Janak Seton Hill University
Julie Pierret Seton Hill University
Stephanie Pryor Seton Hill University
Leah Schott Seton Hill University
Emma Shank Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Neely Spence Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Spratford Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Sarah Strayer Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Angie Bagwell Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Case Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Caitlin Hancox Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Abby Michaelian Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Kara Styles Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Titilayo Vanriel Southern Connecticut State University
Whitney Coats Southwest Baptist University
Krenda McClure Southwest Baptist University
Melanie McVay Southwest Baptist University
Christina Owensby Southwest Baptist University
Ashley Wolkomir Southwest Baptist University
Joscelyn Minton St. Martin’s University
Keeley Bateman St. Thomas Aquinas College
Sarah Callagy St. Thomas Aquinas College
Jill Alves Stonehill College
Sarah Biggers Stonehill College
Maura Ferrarini Stonehill College
Elizabeth Dalia The College of Saint Rose
Abigail Magner The University of Findlay
Christine Zimmermann The University of Findlay
Ashley Gilroy Tiffin University
Carly Reese Tiffin University
Cindy Grauel Truman State University
Karen Grauel Truman State University
Michelle Gronemeyer Truman State University
Anne Ratermann Truman State University
Michelle Kruse University of Alabama in Huntsville
Leah Sparks University of Alabama in Huntsville
Bryn Haebe University of Alaska Anchorage
Shoshana Keegan University of Alaska Anchorage
Ruth Keino University of Alaska Anchorage
Miriam Kipngeno University of Alaska Anchorage
Jana Benedix University of Alaska Fairbanks
Heather Edic University of Alaska Fairbanks
Crystal Pitney University of Alaska Fairbanks
Theresia Schnurr University of Alaska Fairbanks
Raphaela Sieber University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alia Bales University of California, San Diego
Danielle Brabender University of California, San Diego
Chia Chang University of California, San Diego
Michelle LeRoux University of California, San Diego
Kacy Hession University of Central Missouri
Brooke Klimek University of Central Oklahoma
Jacquelynn Skocik University of Central Oklahoma
Debbie Amos University of Charleston (West Virginia)
Jennifer Agnew University of Mary
Melissa Agnew University of Mary
Kayla Carlson University of Mary
Nocona Frame University of Mary
Alicia Nehl University of Mary
Dakota Wolf University of Mary
MaryAnn Ford University of Massachusetts Lowell
Jasmine Mahotiere University of Massachusetts Lowell
Bridget Meehan University of Massachusetts Lowell
Chelsey Pepin University of Massachusetts Lowell
Kelly Walton University of Massachusetts Lowell
Amanda Boman University of Minnesota Duluth
Haley Evans University of Montevallo
In-Mi Matsunaga University of Montevallo
Lauren Recchia University of Montevallo
Katherine Schofield University of Montevallo
Briana Adams University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brooke Harris University of Nebraska at Kearney
Danielle Sorrentino University of New Haven
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Carrie Blankenship University of North Carolina at Pembroke
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Adrienne Curtis University of Southern Indiana
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Skylair Hilton University of Southern Indiana
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Lauren Minor University of Southern Indiana
Rose Bishop University of Tampa
Jessica Butler University of Tampa
Kaia Hampton University of Tampa
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katie o’brien University of Tampa
Amanda Bishop University of the Incarnate Word
Irma Garza University of the Incarnate Word
Polina Babkina University of West Alabama
Carolyn Mancuso University of West Alabama
Ruth Ashley University of West Florida
Aimee Marsh University of West Florida
Renea Porsch University of West Florida
Casey Brown University of West Georgia
Carina Nieto University of West Georgia
Jessie Usry University of West Georgia
Hope Chritie University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Taylor Miller University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Taylor Harrington Valdosta State University
Jordanne Helton Valdosta State University
Ashley Luther Valdosta State University
Chelsie Fuller Wayne State University (Michigan)
Kayla Gagnon Wayne State University (Michigan)
Jen Rock Wayne State University (Michigan)
Kathleen Casey West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Del Grosso West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Kim McManus West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Emma Love West Texas A&M University
Amber Moore West Texas A&M University
Brenda Sindet West Texas A&M University
Erica Walker West Virginia Wesleyan College
Amanda Wright Western Oregon University
Lauren Kleppin Western State College of Colorado
Anna Marshall Western State College of Colorado
Sophie McNeely Western State College of Colorado
Kristen Meadors Western State College of Colorado
Chelsey Oeffler Western State College of Colorado
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Lauren Breihof Western Washington University
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Rachael Johnson Western Washington University
Haley O’Connor Western Washington University
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Katie Balbier Wheeling Jesuit University
Michelle Pottratz Wheeling Jesuit University
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Althea Davidson Wilmington University (Delaware)
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Danielle Riley Wilmington University (Delaware)
Melanie Wollenberg Wingate University
Keeley Wood Wingate University
Kayla Gudmundson Winona State University