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Nine 4.0 Performers Lead GNAC XC All-Academic Teams
Central Washington's Alexa Shindruk (left) and Northwest Nazarene's Isaac Mitchell are among nine runners with 4.0 GPAs. Photos by Nick Danielson.
Central Washington's Alexa Shindruk (left) and Northwest Nazarene's Isaac Mitchell are among nine runners with 4.0 GPAs. Photos by Nick Danielson.

Friday, November 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – An impressive total of cross country runners with 4.00 cumulative grade point averages leads over 100 honorees on the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country All-Academic Teams.

Nine student-athletes made the team with perfect GPAs. The list is led by a pair of top performers who have compiled that 4.00 GPA while finishing well for their teams. Central Washington’s Alexa Shindruk has maintained a 4.00 GPA as a junior accounting major. She was the Wildcats’ top finisher at the GNAC Championships, placing 11th, and earned All-West Region honors with an 18th place finish at the NCAA West Region Championships.

Northwest Nazarene senior Isaac Mitchell completed his collegiate cross country season last weekend while maintaining a 4.00 GPA as a biology major. Mitchell was the Nighthawks’ No. 2 runner at the GNAC Championships, placing 16th, and went on to finish 59th at the West Region Championships.

Shindruk is joined by four other women’s runners with 4.00 GPAs: Concordia senior Sara Harrington, Northwest Nazarene sophomore Bethany Danner, Seattle Pacific sophomore Kate Lilly and Western Oregon sophomore Jamie Smith. Mitchell is joined by three other men with 4.00 GPAs: Alaska senior Lyon Kopsack and Western Oregon juniors Tyler Jones and Dustin Nading.

A total of 61 women were selected to the team. That total includes 30 repeat selections and 15 performers who are three-time selections. Forty-two men were named to the squad, including 21 repeat selections and nine three-time selections.

Among those three-time selections is the reigning GNAC and West Region champions. Alaska Anchorage senior Caroline Kurgat, considered a favorite to win the NCAA Division II championship, earned her third selection with a 3.51 GPA as a nursing and medical laboratory science major. She won the GNAC women’s title by 56 seconds and the West Region title by 36 seconds.

Western Oregon’s David Ribich claimed both the men’s GNAC and West Region titles and will be in the mix to bring home his first All-American trophy in cross country. Ribich has a 3.41 GPA as a communication studies major.

This year’s GNAC Cross Country All-Academic Teams include nine runners who earned All-GNAC honors with top-10 finishes at last month’s GNAC Championships. Kurgat is joined by four UAA women’s teammates in juniors Zennah Jepchumba, Danielle McCormick and Kimberly Cosica. Seattle Pacific’s Mary Charleson, the GNAC runner-up, earned her third All-Academic selection.

Ribich was joined by on the squad by fellow top-10 performer Nading. Other top academic and on-course performers include GNAC runner-up Edwin Kangogo from Alaska Anchorage and Andrew Wise of Western Washington.

To qualify for the GNAC All-Academic Teams, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or better, be in their second season competing at the nominating institution and maintain a 3.20 cumulative GPA or better.

2017 GNAC CROSS COUNTRY
ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS
     
MEN        
ALASKA      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Alexander Eckert Computer Science Sr. 3.37 Bischofscheim, Germany
*+ Lyon Kopsack Civil Engineering Sr. 4.00 Palmer, Alaska
Lukash Platil Biology So. 3.35 Thorton, Colo.
*+ Daniel Serventi Mechanical Engineering Sr. 3.46 Anchorage, Alaska
* Saiji Takagi Biology Sr. 3.39 Anchorage, Alaska
* Carl Wahlin Mechanical Engineering Sr. 3.67 Bismarck, N.D.
         
ALASKA ANCHORAGE      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Edwin Kangogo Management Information Systems Sr. 3.30 Eldoret, Kenya
Kaleb Korta Construction Management So. 3.81 Galena, Alaska
Taylor Turney Civil Engineering Jr. 3.25 Anchorage, Alaska
         
CENTRAL WASHINGTON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Taryk Boyd Exercise Science Jr. 3.39 Camas, Wash.
Matt Conrardy Undeclared So. 3.91 Sutter Creek, Calif.
* Tyler Humphries Business Administration Jr. 3.86 Puyallup, Wash.
Ron Leaf History/Social Stud. Teach Sr. 3.30 Kelso, Wash.
Hanson Lee Digital Journalism Jr. 3.20 Ballard, Wash.
Matthew Schrenk Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.33 Sealh, Wash.
         
CONCORDIA      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Judd Lewis Accounting Sr. 3.57 Wenatchee, Wash.
         
MONTANA STATE BILLINGS      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Ivan Colmenero Criminal Justice Jr. 3.28 Manhattan, Mont.
* Jorey Egeland Biology Sr. 3.44 Billings, Mont.
         
NORTHWEST NAZARENE      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Gabe Fisher Business Administration Sr. 3.86 Nampa, Idaho
* Nicholas Hamilton Computer Science Jr. 3.32 Caldwell, Idaho
*+ Isaac Mitchell Biology: Pre-Medicine Sr. 4.00 Sandy, Ore.
         
SAINT MARTIN’S      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Joe Edgecomb Biology Jr. 3.89 Lakewood, Wash.
*+ Josh Hunt Computer Science Sr. 3.66 Onalaska, Wash.
* Austin Miller Business Administration Sr. 3.42 Port Orchard, Wash.
* Levi Schilter Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.54 Lacey, Wash.
Andrew Walter Business Administration So. 3.45 Fairbanks, Alaska
         
SEATTLE PACIFIC      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Jesse Phan Business Administration So. 3.63 Bellingham, Wash.
         
SIMON FRASER      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Sean Paulsen Engineering Science So. 3.36 Pitt Meadows, B.C.
         
WESTERN OREGON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Brennan Buckley-Noonan Science So. 3.41 Redmond, Ore.
Michael Chin Business Sr. 3.29 Honolulu, Hawaii
Justin Crosswhite Business So. 3.59 Hood River, Ore.
*+ Matthew Haglund Exercise Science Sr. 3.28 Clackamas, Ore.
Sawyer Heckard Exercise Science So. 3.23 Coos Bay, Ore.
AJ Holmberg Education Jr. 3.39 Scio, Ore.
Tyler Jones Mathematics Jr. 4.00 Bend, Ore.
Dustin Nading Exercise Science Jr. 4.00 Longview, Wash.
*+ David Ribich Communication Studies Sr. 3.41 Enterprise, Ore.
         
WESTERN WASHINGTON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Peter Butler Environmental Science So. 3.25 Port Angeles, Wash.
Liam Cossette Electrical Engineering So. 3.36 Spokane, Wash.
Colton Pulver Kinesiology So. 3.58 Wasilla, Alaska
Kyler Sager Business Administration Jr. 3.79 Snohomish, Wash.
*+ Andrew Wise Journalism & Environmental Policy Sr. 3.54 Denver, Colo.
         
WOMEN        
ALASKA      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Alex Bergholtz Chemistry Jr. 3.87 Kenai, Alaska
* Jocelyn Kopsack Mathematics Jr. 3.57 Palmer, Alaska
Sarissa Lammers Mechanical Engineering Sr. 3.57 Eagle River, Alaska
*+ Ann-Cathrin Uhl Business Management Sr. 3.56 Muhlenbach, Germany
         
ALASKA ANCHORAGE      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Jordyn Block Physical Education So. 3.80 Palmer, Alaska
*+ Mariah Burroughs Justice Sr. 3.43 Wasilla, Alaska
Riley Burroughs Nursing and Psychology So. 3.53 Wasilla, Alaska
* Kimberly Coscia Justice Jr. 3.39 Torrance, Calif.
Zennah Jepchumba Nursing and Medical Laboratory Science Jr. 3.41 Eldoret, Kenya
*+ Caroline Kurgat Nursing and Medical Laboratory Science Sr. 3.51 Eldoret, Kenya
* Danielle McCormick Natural Sciences Jr. 3.36 Soldotna, Alaska
*+ Tamara Perez Marketing Sr. 3.47 Hendaye, France
         
CENTRAL WASHINGTON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Delaney Clem Undeclared So. 3.99 Pendleton, Ore.
Brenna Liebel Biology/Mathematics Jr. 3.98 Buckley, Wash.
Miranda Nelson Undeclared So. 3.87 Gig Harbor, Wash.
* Alexa Shindruk Accounting Jr. 4.00 Bellingham, Wash.
         
CONCORDIA      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Kaitlyn Bailly Nursing So. 3.49 Anchorage, Alaska
*+ Kelsea Campbell Psychology Jr. 3.41 Sparks, Nev.
Bailey Fjelstul Exercise & Sports Science So. 3.93 Kenmore, Wash.
* Sara Harrington Masters of Education Sr. 4.00 San Francisco, Calif.
Gabriella Hobson Exercise & Sports Science So. 3.92 Coos Bay, Ore.
* Nicole Pederson Exercise & Sports Science Jr. 3.51 Redondo Beach, Calif.
*+ Dalen Richardson Biology Sr. 3.38 Boring, Ore.
Brenna Siltman Accounting So. 3.53 Puyallup, Wash.
         
MONTANA STATE BILLINGS      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Sarah Beatty Outdoor Adventure Leadership Jr. 3.30 Billings, Mont.
*+ Bailey Bomar Psychology Sr 3.33 Billings, Mont.
Catrina Schuchard Pre Professional Nursing So. 3.87 Harlowton, Mont.
Josey Smiedala Public Relations So. 3.26 Helena, Mont.
         
NORTHWEST NAZARENE      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
MaKenna Conley Nursing Jr. 3.75 Redmond, Ore.
Bethany Danner Secondary Education So. 4.00 McCall, Idaho
* Emily Hammons Graphic Design Jr. 3.28 Nampa, Idaho
*+ Anysja Manzer Engineering Sr. 3.55 Melba, Idaho
         
SAINT MARTIN’S      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Lindsey Dorney Education Jr. 3.79 Bothell, Wash.
* Larissa Kolasinski Biology Jr. 3.46 Issaquah, Wash.
Yadira Lopez Social Work Sr. 3.53 Lakewood, Wash.
Yeshi Vaughan Social Work So. 3.84 Rochester, Wash.
         
SEATTLE PACIFIC      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Sophie Carroll Nursing Sr. 3.46 Bremerton, Wash.
*+ Mary Charleson Psychology Sr. 3.74 Mill Creek, Wash.
*+ Hailey Kettel Exercise Science Sr. 3.53 Edmonds, Wash.
Kate Lilly Mathematics So. 4.00 Renton, Wash.
Sedona McNerney Elementary Education So. 3.86 Fair Oaks, Calif.
*+ Chynna Phan Elementary Education Jr. 3.31 Bellingham, Wash.
Katherine Walter Business Administration/Accounting So. 3.94 Brier, Wash.
         
WESTERN OREGON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Rachel Bayly Early Childhood Education So. 3.95 Moscow, Idaho
*+ Felicia Covey Community Health Sr. 3.84 Keizer, Ore.
Antoinette Gowen Business So. 3.65 Wilsonville, Ore.
*+ Sara Madden Social Science Sr. 3.91 Kent, Wash.
* Megan Rose Exercise Science Jr. 3.45 Hillsboro, Ore.
Kennedy Rufener Business Sr. 3.60 Clackamas, Ore.
Jamie Smith Community Health So. 4.00 Independence, Ore.
*+ Suzie Van De Grift Exercise Science Sr. 3.70 Yamhill, Ore.
Olivia Woods Psychology Jr. 3.73 Troutdale, Ore.
* Kendra Zimmerdahl Community Health Jr. 3.25 Portland, Ore.
         
WESTERN WASHINGTON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Talia Dreicer Environmental Science So. 3.54 Los Alamos, N.M.
* Maddy Hutchison Kinesiology and Chemistry Sr. 3.41 Snoqualmie, Wash.
Aundrea Koger Biology So. 3.90 Osage City, Kan.
*+ Alexandra Laiblin Biology Sr. 3.65 Oak Harbor, Wash.
Tracy Melville Art Studio So. 3.72 Lamont, Wash.
Peyton Shinnick Biology So. 3.27 Maple Valley, Wash.
Waverly Shreffler English – Secondary Education So. 3.57 Sequim, Wash.
Nicole Vijgen Plastics and Composite Engineering So. 3.46 Mukilteo, Wash.


* - 2016 All-Academic Selection  + - 2015 All-Academic Selection

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