95 Runners Earn Academic All-GNAC
Alaska's Mike Ophoff earned his fourth academic all-GNAC nod and WWU's Delphine Maurer was among nine student-athletes with a perfect 4.00 GPA.
Alaska's Mike Ophoff earned his fourth academic all-GNAC nod and WWU's Delphine Maurer was among nine student-athletes with a perfect 4.00 GPA.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
by Evan O'Kelly

PORTLAND, Ore. – A total of 95 female and male cross country student-athletes garnered academic all-GNAC distinction for the fall 2023 season as the conference office announced the award winners on Wednesday.

The array of selections featured 50 first-time award winners and 45 repeat winners, including 19 student-athletes to earn the award a third time and two who garnered recognition for the fourth time in their careers. A total of 51 women’s runners and 44 men’s runners were among the selections.

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Combined – Academic All-GNAC - Presented by Barnes & Noble College

Total Selections: 95 | Fourth year: 2 | Third year: 19 | Second year: 24 | Newcomers: 50

Earning the rare distinction of a fourth-year winner were Alaska’s Mike Ophoff and Western Washington’s Andrew Oslin, who are both fifth-year seniors on their respective rosters. Reigning GNAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Coleman Nash of Alaska Anchorage maintained his perfect 4.00 GPA into his junior season, and was one of four men’s runners to tie for the highest mark in the conference. Central Washington sophomore Steiner Christensen (computer science), Western Oregon junior Rami Dear (business), and Nash’s teammate junior Michael Zapherson (management) were the other men’s runners to hold a perfect 4.00 GPA.

Five women’s runners posted a perfect 4.00 GPA, three of which were repeat selections from the 2022 season. Western Washington junior Delphine Maurer and Western Oregon junior Josie Ackerman each had a perfect 4.00 GPA while appearing on the list for the second straight campaign. Three academic all-GNAC newcomers in WWU’s Elie Bassett, WOU’s Kaitlyn Kruse and UAA’s Tressa Wood also tied for the top GPA in the conference.

To qualify for academic all-conference, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20, must be in at least their second season competing for their team and must have competed on the course during the 2023 campaign.

Academic All-GNAC – Women’s Cross Country – 2023 - Presented by Barnes & Noble College

Total Selections: 51 | Third year: 9 | Second year: 15 | Newcomers: 27
*-2022 All-Academic Selection | +-2021 All-Academic Selection | #-2020 All-Academic Selection
Name Major Year GPA Hometown School
Aunika Miller Undeclared So. 3.62 Bandon, OR UAA
Tressa Wood Art Jr. 4.00 The Dalles, OR UAA
Jordan Strausbaugh Health Sciences So. 3.82 Soldotna, AK UAA
*Naomi Bailey Biological Sciences Jr. 3.85 Fairbanks, AK UAF
Sarah Baum Wildlife Biology & Conservation So. 3.60 Greensboro, NC UAF
*Rosie Fordham Mathematics Jr. 3.65 Sydney Australia UAF
+*Kendall Kramer Psychology Jr. 3.83 Fairbanks, AK UAF
+*Mariel Pulles Security & Disaster Management Jr. 3.83 Otepaa, Estonia UAF
Teegan Silva Geoscience So. 3.71 Chelan, WA UAF
*Delainey Zock Wildlife Biology & Conservation Jr. 3.96 Anchorage, AK UAF
Grace Howard Undeclared So. 3.53 Kennewick, WA CWU
Beatrice Le Gore Undeclared So. 3.26 Vancouver, WA CWU
Lauren Thompson Elementary Education So. 3.87 Kennewick, WA CWU
*Madison Thompson Event Management Sr. 3.97 Ellensburg, WA CWU
Alahna Lien Nursing So. 3.68 Post Falls, ID MSUB
+*Aspen Tolman Health/Human Performance Jr. 3.85 Westminster, CO MSUB
+*Olivia Klein Recreation & Sport Management Sr. 3.86 Meridian, ID NNU
Keelin Stewart Digital Media So. 3.36 Meridian, ID NNU
*Ali Saucedo Elementary Education Jr. 3.96 Federal Way, WA SMU
+*Cassidy Walchak-Sloan Social Work Jr. 3.71 Olympia, WA SMU
*Kya Ramirez Nursing Jr. 3.69 Yelm, WA SMU
#*Naomi Hartley Nursing Sr. 3.65 Puyallup, WA SMU
*Sara Sabra Nursing Jr. 3.48 Lincoln, CA SMU
+*Annika Esvelt Applied Human Biology Jr. 3.97 Spokane, WA SPU
Katelyn Flolo Applied Human Biology So. 3.99 Camas, WA SPU
Matise Mulch Mechanical Engineering So. 3.70 Nine Mile Falls, WA SPU
*Nicki Yorges Psychology Jr. 3.89 Eugene, OR SPU
*Kate Cameron Health Sciences Jr. 3.36 Nanaimo, BC SFU
+*Ella Marion Psychology Jr. 3.53 Calgary, AB SFU
*Josie Ackerman Exercise Science Jr. 4.00 Seattle, WA WOU
*Katie Chapman Exercise Science Jr. 3.98 Lowell, OR WOU
Alisha Clifton Psychology So. 3.30 Shelton, WA WOU
Abbigale Elliot Criminal Justice So. 3.82 Tigard, OR WOU
Olivia Flack Pre-Education Jr. 3.97 La Pine, OR WOU
Holly Hutton Pre-Education So. 3.83 Bandon, OR WOU
*Kaitlyn Kruse Exercise Science Jr. 4.00 Troutdale, OR WOU
*Lindie Larson Social Science Jr. 3.92 Redding, CA WOU
*Kaiya Leamy Public Health Jr. 3.37 Corvallis, OR WOU
Natalie Perez Computer Science So. 3.24 Alameda, CA WOU
*Shannon Smith Interdisciplinary Studies Jr. 3.62 Bandon, OR WOU
Piper Youngmayr Criminal Justice So. 3.71 Cottage Grove, OR WOU
Elie Bassett Spanish/Psychology So. 4.00 Granite Falls, WA WWU
Evelyn Collins-Winn Kinesiology Jr. 3.84 Port Orchard, WA WWU
+*Mia Crocker Kinesiology Jr. 3.71 Sammamish, WA WWU
Laura Halsell Kinesiology So. 3.20 Bellingham, WA WWU
Emmy Kroontje Biology So. 3.88 Lynden, WA WWU
Marian Ledesma Speech Pathology Sr. 3.97 Lakewood, CA WWU
*Delphine Maurer Biology Jr. 4.00 San Diego, CA WWU
Alanna Parker Kinesiology So. 3.32 Spokane, WA WWU
Meaera Nystrom Urban Planning Jr. 3.69 Conneaut Lake, PA WWU
Emma Smith Accounting Jr. 3.81 Portland, OR WWU


Academic All-GNAC – Men’s Cross Country – 2023 - Presented by Barnes & Noble College

Total Selections: 44 | Fourth year: 2 | Third year: 10 | Second year: 9 | Newcomers: 23
*-2022 All-Academic Selection | +-2021 All-Academic Selection | #-2020 All-Academic Selection |!-2019 All-Academic Selection
Name Major Year GPA Hometown School
+*Coleman Nash Economics/Management Jr. 4.00 Littleton, CO UAA
Michael Zapherson Management Jr. 4.00 Asheville, NC UAA
Ries Tveit Mechanical Engineering So. 3.37 Salt Lake City, UT UAA
+*Nolan Earnest Film/Performing Arts Jr. 3.94 Fairbanks, AK UAF
Ryan Owens Chemistry So. 3.74 Palmer, AK UAF
*Koen Ross Electrical Engineering Jr. 3.59 Castle Rock, WA UAF
#+*Mike Ophoff Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.51 Cista U Horek, Czech Republic UAF
Steiner Christensen Computer Science So. 4.00 Ellensburg, WA CWU
John Pratapas Undeclared So. 3.90 Snoqualmie, WA CWU
*Kelvin Kipchirchir IT & Admin. Management Sr. 3.89 Eldoret, Kenya CWU
+*Jackson Bailey Accounting Jr. 3.59 Missoula, MT MSUB
Aaron Heberlein Graphic Design So. 3.97 Fair Oaks, CA NNU
Brody Kemble Wildlife Biology/Ecology So. 3.53 Middleton, ID NNU
Jonah Rau Engineering So. 3.48 Nampa, ID NNU
Quincy Ellis Nursing Jr. 3.22 Boise, ID NNU
+*Michael Harwell Secondary Education Jr. 3.75 Freeland, WA SMU
Elijah Dale Nursing So. 3.31 Oregon City, OR SMU
Isaac Venable Computer Science So. 3.73 Tacoma, WA SPU
Ben Sheirbon Physiology Jr. 3.67 Wilsonville, OR SPU
Nathaniel Gale Political Science So. 3.37 Florence, MT SPU
Kade Franco Visual Communication Jr. 3.33 Santa Ana, CA SPU
*Brennan LeBlanc Computer Science Sr. 3.22 Duvall, WA SPU
+Henry Ruckman-Utting Computer Science Jr. 3.26 Burnaby, BC SFU
+Aiden Good Business/Economics Jr. 3.26 Carstairs, AB SFU
Rami Dear Business Jr. 4.00 Beaverton, OR WOU
*Wyatt Smith Political Science Jr. 3.95 Oakland, OR WOU
James Lackey Exercise Science So. 3.94 Newport, OR WOU
+*Dustyn McKenney Business Sr. 3.83 Clovis, CA WOU
*Easton Pomrankey Computer Science Jr. 3.60 Kettle Falls, WA WOU
*Keeton Sanchez Exercise Science Jr. 3.54 Buckeye, AZ WOU
*Jordan Kemper Art & Design Jr. 3.50 Ashland, OR WOU
Kolby Spink Exercise Science Jr. 3.40 Newport, OR WOU
Chase Anspach Business  Jr. 3.23 Redmond, OR WOU
!+*Andrew Oslin MBA Sr. 3.87 Puyallup, WA WWU
Jonah Bloom Kinesiology So. 3.71 Spokane, WA WWU
+*Kevin McDermott MBA Jr. 3.56 Port Orchard, WA WWU
Will Henry Kinesiology So. 3.41 Park City, UT WWU
+*Drew Weber Urban Planning Jr. 3.41 Vancouver, WA WWU
+*Jalen Javurek Electrical Engineering Jr. 3.38 Portland, OR WWU
*Dylan Lennon Kinesiology Jr. 3.37 Bothell, WA WWU
+*Jeret Gillingham Kinesiology Jr. 3.30 Sandy, OR WWU
+*Ethan Bursch Electrical Engineering Jr. 3.22 Shelton, WA WWU