Award History
NAIA XC All-Academic Athletes

2018 NAIA Cross Country Individual Academic Awards

NEW ORLEANSAlex Martin of the College of Idaho and Anna Shields of Point Park (Pa.) are the Scholar Athletes of the Year for the 2018 NAIA Cross Country season, as announced on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Martin and Shields stood out both on the grass circuit and in the classroom and were honored nationally for their excellence.

There were 250 student-athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors with women accounting for 59.2 percent of the total (148). No program had more total individuals honored than Lewis-Clark State with 13 (Taylor was close behind with 12).

In order to qualify for this honor, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 in addition to competing at the NAIA Championships.

Martin finished fifth at the NAIA Championships this past November. It was a strong season for Martin as he also finished third at the Cascade Conference Championships and fourth at the William Jessup Warrior Invitational.

Shields is someone who needs no introduction. The senior won the individual title at the NAIA Championships by nearly four seconds to cap an outstanding final season. Shields also nabbed individual crowns at four other meets, including the River States Conference Championships and the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Invitational.

There were 27 student-athletes who earned a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.0, including three individuals from both Dordt (Iowa) and Oregon Tech.

See below for a full list of student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA.


MENEvan DunkleeAquinas (Mich.)Athletic Training 
MENGannon FoleyAquinas (Mich.)History 
MENGrayson HardingAquinas (Mich.)Economics & Political Science 
MENArik LaFaveAquinas (Mich.)Business Administration (Concentration in Human Resources and Marketing) 
MENLuke SimondsAquinas (Mich.)Business Administration and Accounting 
MENJoseph BarnesBenedictine (Kan.)Chemical Engineering 
MENAndrew KaiserBenedictine (Kan.)Marketing 
MENLiam MorelBenedictine (Kan.)Mechanical Engineering 
MENBret CrawfordCampbellsville (Ky.)Biology 
MENCorbin HarrisCampbellsville (Ky.)Business Administration/Sports Management 
MENCamryn SnappCampbellsville (Ky.)Exercise Science 
MENChris StoeckelCampbellsville (Ky.)Environmental Science 
MENCole CampbellCollege of IdahoExercise Physiology 
MENMarcos CervantesCollege of IdahoBiology 
MENJosh FreyCollege of IdahoCreative Writing 
MENAlex MartinCollege of IdahoBiology 
MENAlex ThompsonColumbia (Mo.)Accounting 
MENDenver DanielCornerstone (Mich.)Pre-Veterinarian 
MENDoug HollettCornerstone (Mich.)Communication 
MENNathan SilveyCornerstone (Mich.)Communication 
MENOwen WoltjerCornerstone (Mich.)Business Marketing 
MENMaxwell CruseDakota State (S.D.)Computer Science 
MENAlex DerrDakota State (S.D.)Computer Science/Math 
MENMatthew DunnDakota State (S.D.)Computer Science 
MENCameron HarmingDakota State (S.D.)Cyber Operations 
MENChris EllensDordt (Iowa)Business Administration 
MENEric SteigerDordt (Iowa)Engineering 
MENDavis TebbenDordt (Iowa)Engineering 
MENLance Van ZeeDordt (Iowa)Business Administration 
MENNicolas VeldhorstDordt (Iowa)Business Administration 
MENLane InwardsEastern OregonPhysical Activities & Health 
MENHunter SchiessEastern OregonBusiness Administration 
MENLucas EnglishEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Electrical Engineering 
MENGrady KerstEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Aeronautical Science 
MENAustin LuttrellEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Space Physics 
MENMatthew SiegelEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Mechanical Engineering 
MENTyler AlversonFreed-Hardeman (Tenn.)Bible 
MENTristan AntonioHaskell (Kan.)Liberal Arts 
MENJosh BrocatoIndiana WesleyanMarketing 
MENAdrien HowardIndiana WesleyanBusiness Administration 
MENLandon MillerIndiana WesleyanSports Management 
MENJared WilliamsIndiana WesleyanNursing 
MENJonny HandelLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Exercise Science 
MENDylan JohnsonLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Education 
MENCole OlsenLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Kinesiology 
MENColton SmithLewis-Clark State (Idaho)General Studies 
MENPeter SpencerLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Desiel Mechanics 
MENThomas WeaklandLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Business 
MENSakti WoodburyLewis-Clark State (Idaho)General Studies 
MENCory AulichMilligan (Tenn.)Biology 
MENAlex MortimerMilligan (Tenn.)Church Leadership 
MENEthan PfisterMilligan (Tenn.)Business Administration 
MENRylan HincherMontreat (N.C.)Exercise Science 
MENJacob ParkerMontreat (N.C.)Cybersecurity 
MENNathan RichardsMontreat (N.C.)Business Administration 
MENBenjamin SchmidtMontreat (N.C.)Communication 
MENJacob BlackmonMount Mercy (Iowa)Human Resource Management 
MENAaron GoldingMount Mercy (Iowa)Accounting & Finance 
MENMichael MarshallMount Mercy (Iowa)Actuarlal Science & Finance 
MENSayed OpeyanyMount Mercy (Iowa)Nursing 
MENCaleb BenzingNorthwestern (Iowa)Accounting 
MENDylan HendricksNorthwestern (Iowa)Biology Health Professions 
MENOaklin DavisOklahoma CityMaster of Business Administration 
MENOscar KipkorosOklahoma CityMaster-Criminology 
MENMax McNeillOklahoma CityBusiness Administration-Economics and Finance 
MENMichal RoguskiOklahoma CityChemistry, Math and Science 
MENZachariah BishopOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Engineering 
MENAlexander FrankOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Engineering 
MENZachary HullibergerOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Accounting 
MENAndrew MorganOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Economics-Finance 
MENAaron SwedbergOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Nursing 
MENCaleb KauffmanOregon TechSoftware Engineering 
MENNicholas McMillenOregon TechBiology-Heath Sciences 
MENVictor RiosOregon TechOperations Management 
MENPaul WyattOregon TechSoftware Engineering 
MENDerek BarnettOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)History 
MENAndrew MoczygembaOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)Accounting 
MENMiguel SeguraOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)Business Management 
MENPeyton JonesProvidence (Mont.)Criminal Justice 
MENJose DiazReinhardt (Ga.)Graphic Design 
MENJackson HelfrichReinhardt (Ga.)Sports Studies 
MENGabriel EsparzaSaint Xavier (Ill.)History 
MENMario ScarcelliSaint Xavier (Ill.)Business Marketing, Management 
MENDax WilletteSCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Sequential Art 
MENSean GoreSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Film and Television 
MENBernhard ObrechtSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Fashion Marketing and Management 
MENMatt JungSt. Ambrose (Iowa)Pre-nursing 
MENAlex CooperSt. Francis (Ill.)Biology 
MENZachary HooverSt. Francis (Ill.)Sports Rec Management 
MENOmar ParamoSt. Francis (Ill.)Biology 
MENMatt WilsonSt. Francis (Ill.)Political Science 
MENBen ByrdTaylor (Ind.)Finance 
MENAlex HelmuthTaylor (Ind.)Biology 
MENLandry LongTaylor (Ind.)Film 
MENJosh RothTaylor (Ind.)Mathematics 
MENDerek Van ProoyenTaylor (Ind.)Exercise Science 
MENRomeo BlackburnTennessee WesleyanPhysical Therapy 
MENMartin HardingWayland Baptist (Texas)Business Administration 
MENBlake FondaWestmont (Calif.)Chemistry 
MENMichael OldachWestmont (Calif.)Kinesiology 
MENMichael Ecker-RandolphWVU TechMechanical Engineering 
MENDan NehnevajWVU TechChemical Engineering 
WOMENTannah AdgateAquinas (Mich.)Business (Marketing Concentration) 
WOMENGabby BrandonisioAquinas (Mich.)Chemistry 
WOMENAlexis MillerAquinas (Mich.)Exercise Science 
WOMENWhitney TaylorAquinas (Mich.)Biology 
WOMENMelissa WinchesterAquinas (Mich.)Biology 
WOMENMichaela ElmerAve Maria (Fla.)Marketing 
WOMENMary GoetzAve Maria (Fla.)History 
WOMENPenny FennAvila (Mo.)Communications 
WOMENSophy TsabadzeBaker (Kan.)Theater 
WOMENMelanie CozziBenedictine (Kan.)Nursing 
WOMENSarah WhiteBenedictine (Kan.)Biology 
WOMENAudrey JohnsonBlue Mountain (Miss.)Exercise Science 
WOMENLisa SauterCentral Methodist (Mo.)Exercise Science 
WOMENMadison PaquetteCleary (Mich.)Accounting & Finance 
WOMENKathryn CraigCollege of IdahoBiology 
WOMENLarissa MauerCollege of IdahoPsychology 
WOMENErin MoyerCollege of IdahoEnvironmental Studies 
WOMENTamika RussellCollege of IdahoBiology 
WOMENKaitlyn SchutCollege of IdahoBiology 
WOMENMegan KorteColumbia (Mo.)Biology 
WOMENMikayla SehlmeyerColumbia (Mo.)Business 
WOMENVictoria VegherColumbia (Mo.)Nursing 
WOMENPia Von KeutzColumbia (Mo.)General Studies 
WOMENTaylor GroveConcordia (Neb.)Exercise Science 
WOMENAlexis McConnellCornerstone (Mich.)Pre-Physical Therapy 
WOMENValerie RichterCornerstone (Mich.)Exercise Science 
WOMENMadison SecordCornerstone (Mich.)Psychology 
WOMENKelli SmithCornerstone (Mich.)Education 
WOMENAmanda SorokinCornerstone (Mich.)Exercise Science 
WOMENTaylor BlankenshipCumberland (Tenn.)Athletic Training 
WOMENAbigayle GawthorpCumberland (Tenn.)Early Childhood Education 
WOMENErin BandstraDordt (Iowa)Social Work 
WOMENOlivia CouchDordt (Iowa)Individual Studies 
WOMENSienna DeJongDordt (Iowa)Biology 
WOMENTiana SchroederDordt (Iowa)Exercise Science 
WOMENDanielle Van ZantenDordt (Iowa)Elementary Education 
WOMENSarah WensinkDordt (Iowa)Physical Education 
WOMENAriana AndersonEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Aerospace Engineering 
WOMENKeili DornEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Global Security & Intelligence Studies 
WOMENJessica EmbroEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Global Business 
WOMENJoy FucellaEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Electrical Engineering 
WOMENCaroline SloanEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Mechanical Engineering 
WOMENMeah WilsonEmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)Aerospace Engineering 
WOMENTavia HartHaskell (Kan.)Liberal Arts 
WOMENKarsen KeechHastings (Neb.)Psychology 
WOMENNicole MundyHastings (Neb.)Exercise Science 
WOMENAlexis LombardoIndiana TechExercise Science 
WOMENHayley NewmanIndiana TechPsychology 
WOMENKaleigh RenningerIndiana TechBiomedical Engineering 
WOMENMegan TheismannIndiana TechPyschology 
WOMENErin CouwenhovenIndiana WesleyanIntercultural Studies 
WOMENBecca GrohIndiana WesleyanArt Education 
WOMENChristina MagersIndiana WesleyanCommunity Development 
WOMENAnnie McBeathIndiana WesleyanNursing 
WOMENErica StutsmanIndiana WesleyanNursing 
WOMENEmily AdamsLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Education 
WOMENRylee BrownLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Business 
WOMENJessiny HowardLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Education 
WOMENCallie JohnsonLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Education 
WOMENEvelin LopezLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Education 
WOMENRebecca SaxtonLewis-Clark State (Idaho)Education 
WOMENKendra AlsupMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)Nursing 
WOMENBreanna BarneyMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)Middle School Math Education 
WOMENLila DrevesMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)Nursing 
WOMENFaith EiseleMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)Biology 
WOMENSienna SchmidtMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)Biology 
WOMENHannah BellMilligan (Tenn.)Business Administration 
WOMENAvery DeWolfMilligan (Tenn.)Communications 
WOMENGabrielle MardisMilligan (Tenn.)Child and Youth Development 
WOMENRebekah OwenMilligan (Tenn.)Graphic Design 
WOMENErica StoneMilligan (Tenn.)Business Administration 
WOMENLydia WilsonMontreat (N.C.)Interdisciplinary Studies 
WOMENVanessa CortesMount Mercy (Iowa)Marketing 
WOMENSamantha CroghanMount Mercy (Iowa)Computer Science & Math 
WOMENEmily EricksonMount Mercy (Iowa)Biology 
WOMENAndrea ErtzMount Mercy (Iowa)Accounting & Management 
WOMENKelsi HuhndorfMount Mercy (Iowa)Nursing 
WOMENMcKenna JohnsonMount Mercy (Iowa)Biology 
WOMENAlexa ZamoraMount Mercy (Iowa)English 
WOMENTyler BergeOklahoma CityBusiness Administration-Accounting 
WOMENSheridan HoyerOklahoma CityMass Communication-Advertising 
WOMENAnna Palacios-GarciaOklahoma CityBusiness Administration-Accounting and Finance 
WOMENAlexas VargasOklahoma CityBiomedical Science 
WOMENKaralynn BrockOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Child Development 
WOMENAngela BudachOlivet Nazarene (Ill.)Engineering 
WOMENAnnika AndersenOregon TechRenewable Energy/ Electrical Egineering 
WOMENDanielle De CastroOregon TechMechanical Engineering 
WOMENSusie GarzaOregon TechApplied Psycology 
WOMENCindy ReedOregon TechBiology-Heath Sciences 
WOMENMallory WardOregon TechCivil Engineering 
WOMENFaith WidmanOregon TechApplied Psycology 
WOMENAndrea GandaraOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)Kinesiology 
WOMENAnnie TrejoOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)Kinesiology 
WOMENAlexandra BarrPoint Park (Pa.)Education 
WOMENReba BartramPoint Park (Pa.)Dance 
WOMENAllysa BoydPoint Park (Pa.)Cinema Production 
WOMENAlyssa CampbellPoint Park (Pa.)Undecided 
WOMENKara RohlfPoint Park (Pa.)HR Management 
WOMENAnna ShieldsPoint Park (Pa.)English 
WOMENKatie ClarkeSCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Advertising 
WOMENKalie DemerjianSCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Painting 
WOMENEmily KearneySCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Illustration 
WOMENMadeline MullenSCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Creative Writing 
WOMENSandra PflughoftSCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Illustration 
WOMENNatalie StepanianSCAD Atlanta (Ga.)Illustration 
WOMENSarah ForemanSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Graphic Design 
WOMENDiana GorinSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Film and Television 
WOMENJessy ScarponeSCAD Savannah (Ga.)M.A. Graphic Design 
WOMENHannah SharpSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Painting 
WOMENTess St. JohnSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Writing 
WOMENLemi WutzSCAD Savannah (Ga.)Architecture 
WOMENMiranda AlmeidaSoka (Calif.)Liberal Arts 
WOMENKelsi OgilvieSoutheastern (Fla.)Nursing 
WOMENRaeanna PabonSoutheastern (Fla.)Biology/Pre-Med 
WOMENEllie PalmSoutheastern (Fla.)Kinesiology 
WOMENMacy PetersonSoutheastern (Fla.)Nursing 
WOMENJenycha RiveraSoutheastern (Fla.)Criminal Justice 
WOMENJulia RohmSoutheastern (Fla.)Nursing 
WOMENClaire DuncanSt. Ambrose (Iowa)Exercise Science 
WOMENEmma DuncanSt. Ambrose (Iowa)Marketing 
WOMENMeg GradySt. Ambrose (Iowa)History Teacher Education 
WOMENChloe GunnSt. Ambrose (Iowa)English 
WOMENKeeley KnoblochSt. Ambrose (Iowa)Exercise Science 
WOMENAshley PlumbSt. Ambrose (Iowa)Psychology 
WOMENAbby SearsSt. Ambrose (Iowa)Exercise Science 
WOMENSabrina BaftiriSt. Francis (Ill.)Education 
WOMENCharleen MascoteSt. Francis (Ill.)Biology 
WOMENVeronica NavarreteSt. Francis (Ill.)Nursing 
WOMENBre RodriguezSt. Francis (Ill.)Substance Abuse Counseling and Psychology 
WOMENAlexandra BerendsTaylor (Ind.)Political Science, Philosophy, Economy 
WOMENRachel BlaggTaylor (Ind.)Biology 
WOMENTaylor BluemelTaylor (Ind.)Elementary Education 
WOMENMae Elizabeth GimreTaylor (Ind.)Elementary Education 
WOMENSarah HardenTaylor (Ind.)Exercise Science 
WOMENCorinne O'LearyTaylor (Ind.)Public Relations 
WOMENOlivia SchroderTaylor (Ind.)Spanish 
WOMENRosa CisnerosTennessee WesleyanHistory 
WOMENRachel GallisonTennessee WesleyanMusic and Psychology 
WOMENMegan DeWeerdTrinity Christian (Ill.)Psychology 
WOMENHope FathmanTrinity Christian (Ill.)Nursing 
WOMENGrace MillerValley City State (N.D.)History Education 
WOMENAllyssa WeitkumValley City State (N.D.)Athletic Training 
WOMENMarissa KuikWaldorf (Iowa)History 
WOMENMarissa WidenerWaldorf (Iowa)Health Promotion and Exercise Science 
WOMENTiffany CanoWayland Baptist (Texas)Psychology 
WOMENPrudence KiyengWayland Baptist (Texas)General Studies 
WOMENTaylor WilliamsWayland Baptist (Texas)Exercise and Sport Science 
WOMENBailey CossentineWilliam Jessup (Calif.)Kinesiology