Going The Distance: Mitchell Leads Men's Track All-Academic
Mitchell, shown at the 2017 GNAC Indoor Championships, has been a key part of the Nighthawks' distance corps in all four seasons. Photo by Loren Orr.
Mitchell, shown at the 2017 GNAC Indoor Championships, has been a key part of the Nighthawks' distance corps in all four seasons. Photo by Loren Orr.

Monday, May 21, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – A four-year performer for Northwest Nazarene in the distances and a perfect performer in a challenging academic program, senior Isaac Mitchell leads a total of 76 selections to 2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Track and Field All-Academic Team.

Mitchell finished his college track and field career at the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this month and graduated on May 5 with a perfect 4.00 grade point average with a major in biology: pre-medicine. During the outdoor season, Mitchell ran a season-best of 3:58.11 in the 1,500 meters. At the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in February, Mitchell placed 16th in the 5,000 meters with a season-best of 15:52.31.

In addition to his performances on the track, Mitchell placed 17th at the 2017 GNAC Cross Country Championships in a time of 26:05.5 over 8,000 meters.

Mitchell tops a list of 10 named to the team with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher. He is also among 35 repeat selections to the squad and 13 who have been selected to the team three or more times.

Saint Martin’s senior Jasper Heckman earned his fourth selection to the team. He owns a 3.75 GPA as he finishes his master’s degree in civil engineering. Joining Mitchell as a three-time selection is Liam Lindsay of Alaska Anchorage, Carlos Ortiz of Concordia, Jorey Egeland of Montana State Billings; Gabe Fisher, Nathan Moore and Jared Webster of Northwest Nazarene; Josh Hunt and Andrew Kier of Saint Martin’s; Peyton Harris of Seattle Pacific; and Matthew Haglund and David Ribich of Western Oregon.

The honor roll includes eight student-athletes who won titles at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and seven who won at the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The list is led by Ortiz, who won the 60 and 200-meter championships indoors and the 100 and 200-meter titles outdoors, and Ribich, who won titles at 800 and 1,500 meters both indoors and outdoors.

Central Washington and Western Oregon led the way with 12 selections each to the All-Academic Team. Concordia finished with 10 honorees.

To earn selection to the GNAC All-Academic Teams, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or higher, must be in their second season of competition at the nominating school and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.


Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Chris Brake Geomatics So. 3.22 Nelson, New Zealand
Kaleb Korta Construction Management So. 3.87 Galena, Alaska
*+ Liam Lindsay Physical Education Sr. 3.68 Duncan, B.C.
David Sramek Journalism & Public Communications So. 3.65 Klatovy, Czech Republic
* Nicholas Taylor Anthropology Jr. 3.41 Victoria, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Taryk Boyd Exercise Science Jr. 3.42 Camas, Wash.
Daniel Calderon Undeclared So. 3.58 Tacoma, Wash.
Corbin Carlton Business Administration Jr. 3.48 Spokane, Wash.
Matt Conrardy Undeclared So. 3.87 Sutter Creek, Calif.
* Ryan Gunther Professional Pilot Jr. 3.42 Camas, Wash.
* Tyler Humphries Business Administration Jr. 3.89 Puyallup, Wash.
* Kodiak Landis Physical Education Sr. 3.76 Snohomish, Wash.
* Ron Leaf History Sr. 3.28 Kelso, Wash.
Hanson Lee Digital Journalism Jr. 3.31 Ballard, Wash.
Justin Peterson Clinical Physiology Sr. 3.41 Marysville, Wash.
Alberto Tafoya Undeclared So. 3.48 Quincy, Wash.
Justin Wendling Biology Jr. 3.98 Chehalis, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Robert Bierly Chemistry Sr. 3.40 Boring, Ore.
Caleb Bridge Business So. 3.38 Ocean Shores, Wash.
Adam Brown Nursing So. 3.84 Portland, Ore.
Giovanni Brown Education Sr. 3.50 Erie, Pa.
Joe Denniston Psychology So. 3.43 Portland, Ore.
Brett Elder Exercise & Sports Science So. 3.27 Cloverdale, Ore.
Judd Lewis Accounting Sr. 3.58 Wenatchee, Wash.
Josh Koch Exercise & Sports Science Sr. 3.36 Dayton, Nev.
Sam Nichols Biology Sr. 3.31 Sparks, Nev.
*+ Carlos Ortiz Exercise & Sports Science Sr. 3.55 Salem, Ore.
Matthew Schweitz Nursing Sr. 3.40 Milwaukie, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Beau Ackerman Business Administration: Management Jr. 3.56 Glendive, Mont.
*+ Jorey Egeland Biology Sr. 3.48 Billings, Mont.
Kyle McLaughlin Criminal Justice So. 3.20 Belgrade, Mont.
* Brady Ostermiller Business Administration: Management Jr. 3.70 Shepherd, Mont.
* Kaelen Shay Business Administration: Accounting Jr. 3.53 Billings, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Gabe Fisher Business Administration Sr. 3.87 Nampa, Idaho
* Philip Gwin Biology: Pre-Medicine Jr. 3.63 Orangevale, Calif.
* Nick Hamilton Computer Science Jr. 3.27 Caldwell, Idaho
Isaiah Kahut Pre-Physical Therapy So. 3.28 Vancouver, Wash.
Godfrey Kemboi Business Administration So. 3.25 Iten, Kenya
*+ Isaac Mitchell Biology: Pre-Medicine Sr. 4.00 Sandy, Ore.
*+ Nathan Moore Pre-Physical Therapy Sr. 3.85 Eugene, Ore.
John Van Beuren Biology: Pre-Medicine Sr. 3.42 Boise, Idaho
*+ Jared Webster Nursing Sr. 3.64 Jackson, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Joseph Edgecomb Chemistry Jr. 3.81 Lakewood, Wash.
*+# Jasper Heckman Master’s of Civil Engineering Sr. 3.75 Orting, Wash.
*+ Josh Hunt Computer Science Sr. 3.58 Onalaska, Wash.
*+ Andrew Kier Business Administration Sr. 3.50 Olympia, Wash.
* Austin Miller Accounting & Business Administration Sr. 3.44 Port Orchard, Wash.
* Levi Schilter Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.37 Lacey, Wash.
* Andrew Walter Business Administration Jr. 3.37 Fairbanks, Alaska
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Peyton Harris Applied Human Biology Sr. 3.69 Boise, Idaho
* Jesse Phan Business Administration Jr. 3.64 Bellingham, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Peter Behncke Business Administration Sr. 3.52 Revelstoke, B.C.
Ben Conrad Computing Science Jr. 3.99 Bridgewater, N.S.
Rowan Doherty Behavioral Neuroscience Jr. 3.41 West Vancouver, B.C.
Nathan Mah Kinesiology So. 3.31 Burnaby, B.C.
Sean Paulson Engineering So. 3.50 Pitt Meadows, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Logan Barker Philosophy So. 3.27 Yreka, Calif.
Codi Blodgett Business Jr. 3.79 Clatskanie, Ore.
Brennan Buckley-Noonan Exercise Science So. 3.34 Redmond, Ore.
Justin Crosswhite Exercise Science So. 3.57 Hood River, Ore.
Josh Dempsey Exercise Science Sr. 3.25 Portland, Ore.
*+ Matthew Haglund Exercise Science Sr. 3.34 Clackamas, Ore.
Sawyer Heckard Exercise Science So. 3.44 Coos Bay, Ore.
* AJ Holmberg English Sr. 3.46 Scio, Ore.
* Tyler Jones Mathematics Jr. 4.00 Bend, Ore.
Parker Marson Exercise Science Sr. 3.26 Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Dustin Nading Exercise Science Jr. 3.88 Longview, Wash.
*+ David Ribich Communication Studies Sr. 3.51 Enterprise, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Alex Barry Kinesiology Jr. 3.48 Sequim, Wash.
Aaron Bosscher Electrical Engineering So. 3.97 Lynden, Wash.
Dario Cirlincione Chemistry So. 3.40 Renton, Wash.
* Isaac Derline Community Health Jr. 3.35 Kent, Wash.
* Stedman Knox Kinesiology Jr. 3.64 Bothell, Wash.
* Colton Pulver Kinesiology Jr. 3.63 Wasilla, Alaska
Kyler Sager Business Administration & Accounting Jr. 3.72 Snohomish, Wash.
* Adam Thomas Manufacturing Engineering Sr. 3.57 Washougal, Wash.
* - 2016-17 All-Academic Selection + - 2015-16 All-Academic Selection # - 2014-15 All-Academic Selection