Shindruk Leads Five 4.00s On Women's Track All-Academic
Shindruk placed third in the 10,000 meters at the GNAC Outdoor Championships. Photo by Chris Oertell.
Shindruk placed third in the 10,000 meters at the GNAC Outdoor Championships. Photo by Chris Oertell.

Monday, May 21, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the top distances runners in the conference, Central Washington junior Alexa Shindruk not only excelled on the track, but also in the classroom to lead five perfect 4.00 performers and a total of 123 selections to the 2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Track and Field All-Academic Team.

Shindruk closed the season with a 4.00 cumulative grade point average in accounting. A qualifier for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 10,000 meters, Shindruk placed third in the event at the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She also placed eighth in the 5,000 meters. During the indoor season, she placed second in the 5,000 meters and third in the 3,000 meters at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, helping lead the Wildcats to a share of the conference title.

Joining Shindruk with a perfect 4.00 GPA is junior Yvonne Jeschke and sophomore Marie Ries of Alaska Anchorage; sophomore Bethany Danner of Northwest Nazarene and sophomore Kianna Garmanian of Saint Martin’s. The quintet is also among a total of 19 honorees with a GPA of 3.90 or better.

A total of 57 of the Women’s Track and Field All-Academic selections are repeat honorees. Sixteen are three-time selections while one, Western Washington’s Jasmine McMullin, was a four-time selection. The senior ended her career during the indoor season, winning the GNAC title in both the long jump and triple jump and placed fourth at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Among the three-time selections is Caroline Kurgat and Tamara Perez of Alaska Anchorage; Ali Anderson and Aiyana Homer of Central Washington; Dalen Richardson of Concordia; Anysja Manzer and Michaela Spoolstra of Northwest Nazarene; Mary Charleson, Becca Houk, Hailey Kettel and Chynna Phan of Seattle Pacific; Alana Mussatto of Simon Fraser; Alecia Falck and Sara Madden of Western Oregon; and Maddy Hutchison, Alexandra Laiblin and Anna Paradee of Western Washington.

The team also includes seven student-athletes who won championships at the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships and eight winners at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The champions are led by McCormick, who won the 800 meters both indoors and outdoors and won the national title in the event at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, and Kurgat, who won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters outdoors as well as the 3,000 and 5,000 meters indoors.

Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene led teams with 16 selections each while Montana State Billings finished with 14 selections.

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
Vanessa Aniteye Health Science So. 3.38 Norderstedt, Germany
*+ Mariah Burroughs Social Work Sr. 3.48 Wasilla, Alaska
Riley Burroughs Nursing/Psychology Sr. 3.55 Wasilla, Alaska
Kimberly Coscia Justice So. 3.39 Torrance, Calif.
* Lauren Cuddihy Biological Sciences Jr. 3.58 Anchorage, Alaska
Zennah Jepchumba Nursing/Medical Laboratory Science Jr. 3.41 Eldoret, Kenya
* Yvonne Jeschke Physical Education Jr. 4.00 Au am Rhein, Germany
*+ Caroline Kurgat Medical Laboratory Science/Nursing Sr. 3.58 Eldoret, Kenya
* Danielle McCormick Natural Science Jr. 3.48 Soldotna, Alaska
*+ Tamara Perez Marketing Sr. 3.48 Hendaye, France
Marie Ries Journalism & Public Communication/English So. 4.00 Wenden, Germany
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
*+ Ali Anderson Recreation Tourism Sr. 3.43 Camano Island, Wash.
Brenna Carlson Undeclared So. 3.56 Olympia, Wash.
Delaney Clem Undeclared So. 3.99 Pendleton, Ore.
Brittany Dodge Undeclared So. 3.56 Pateros, Wash.
*+ Aiyana Homer Biology/Pre-Medicine Sr. 3.21 Fayetteville, N.C.
* Julia Interbitzin Public Health Jr. 3.89 Graham, Wash.
Halle Irvine Undeclared So. 3.81 Yakima, Wash.
Samantha La Rue Psychology So. 3,65 Covington, Wash.
* Claire Lytle Psychology Jr. 3.62 Everett, Wash.
Shaddia Meadows Elementary Education So. 3.33 Naches, Wash.
Tamaki Murata Sociology So. 3.44 Camas, Wash.
Miranda Nelson Undeclared So. 3.80 Gig Harbor, Wash.
* Alexa Shindruk Accounting Jr. 4.00 Bellingham, Wash.
Brittany Stevens Undeclared So. 3.98 Bellevue, Wash.
* Mariyah Vongsaveng Clinical Physiology Jr. 3.53 Federal Way, Wash.
* Brooke Williams Construction Management Jr. 3.58 Vancouver, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Kaitlyn Bailly Pre-Nursing So. 3.66 Anchorage, Alaska
Kelsea Campbell Psychology Sr. 3.38 Sparks, Nev.
* Sara Harrington Business Jr. 3.83 Victoria, B.C.
Gabriella Hobson Biology Jr. 3.51 Victoria, B.C.
* Tori Johnson Education Jr. 3.78 Estacada, Ore.
* Katrina Linenko Education Jr. 3.59 Keizer, Ore.
Beth Leavitt History Sr. 3.39 Redmond, Ore.
* Christina MacDonald Exercise & Sports Science Sr. 3.37 Myrtle Creek, Ore.
* Nicole Pederson Exercise Science Sr. 3.52 Redondo Beach, Calif.
*+ Dalen Richardson Biology Sr. 3.41 Boring, Ore.
Kori Sprague Business Jr. 3.61 Wildomar, Calif.
Chase Stephens Elementary Education So. 3.44 Palmer, Alaska
Tasha Willing Psychology Sr. 3.77 Portland, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Brenna Beckett Broadfield Science Teaching Option So. 3.86 Broadview, Mont.
Jewlz Collins Radiologic Technology So. 3.37 West Yellowstone, Mont.
Michaela Johnson Health & Human Performance: Human Performance Option So. 3.21 Billings, Mont.
Abbie Lohof Elementay Education So. 3.95 Laurel, Mont.
Ella McKenzie Human Services So. 3.47 Livingston, Mont.
Savannah Merritt Biology So. 3.22 Cheyenne, Wyo.
Jamie Orme Elementary Education So. 3.22 Helena, Mont.
Mataia Robinson Health & Human Performance: Human Performance Option Sr. 3.28 Rexburg, Idaho
* Shaniah Schwend Elementary Education Jr. 3.82 Bridger, Mont.
Catrina Schuchard Pro-Professional Nursing So. 3.68 Harlowton, Mont.
* Josey Smiedala Public Relations Jr. 3.33 Helena, Mont.
Hailey Steinbeisser Health & Human Performance: Teaching Option So. 3.77 Sidney, Mont.
Halie Warren Elementary Education So. 3.42 Miles City, Mont.
* Janessa Williams Elementary Education Jr. 3.76 Clancy, Mont.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Rachel Bartlow Nursing Sr. 3.41 Nampa, Idaho
Katie Conklin Nursing Jr. 3.78 The Dalles, Ore.
Makenna Conley Nursing Jr. 3.57 Redmond, Ore.
Bethany Danner Secondary Education: Mathematics So. 4.00 McCall, Idaho
Kourtney Gwin Biology: Pre-Medicine So. 3.91 Orangevale, Calif.
* Miranda Hagadorn Pre-Physical Therapy Jr. 3.51 Nampa, Idaho
* Emily Hammons Art: Graphic Design Jr. 3.21 Caldwell, Idaho
Sasha Korolenko Biology So. 3.40 Redmond, Wash.
Ellie Logan Biology Sr. 3.92 Fossil, Ore.
Nice Loufoua Social Work Jr. 3.83 Boise, Idaho
Jackie Mahowald Nursing So. 3.86 Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
*+ Anysja Manzer Engineering Sr. 3.26 Melba, Idaho
* Nicole Nobbs Management Jr. 3.85 Zillah, Wash.
Elise Snowden Christian Ministry So. 3.90 Medford, Ore.
*+ Michaela Spoolstra Recreation Sport Management: Athletic Training Jr. 3.62 Nampa, Idaho
* Hannah Thomas Engineering Sr. 3.63 Troy, Idaho
Zoe Wessels Recreation Sports Management: Outdoor Recreation So. 3.55 Council, Idaho
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Cassidy Apo Business Administration Jr. 3.44 Honolulu, Hawaii
* Lindsey Dorney Educational Studies Jr. 3.79 Bothell, Wash.
Kianna Garmanian Communication Studies So. 4.00 Everett, Wash.
Grace Hamre Mathematics So. 3.38 Chehalis, Wash.
Sarah Howsden Civil Engineering Jr. 3.26 Winlock, Wash.
* Larissa Kolasinski Biology Jr. 3.53 Issaquah, Wash.
* Elizabeth Larson Biology Jr. 3.89 Snoqualmie, Wash.
Yadira Lopez Social Work Sr. 3.57 Lakewood, Wash.
* Jona Spiller Biology Jr. 3.20 Olympia, Wash.
Yeshi Vaughan Social Work So. 3.83 Rochester, Wash.
* Megan Vernoy Educational Studies Jr. 3.78 Brentwood, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Scout Cai Exercise Science So. 3.67 Colfax, Wash.
Sophie Carroll Nursing Sr. 3.48 Bremerton, Wash.
*+ Mary Charleson Psychology Sr. 3.78 Mill Creek, Wash.
*+ Becca Houk Psychology Sr. 3.25 Oregon City, Ore.
*+ Hailey Kettel Exercise Science Sr. 3.59 Edmonds, Wash.
* Geneva Lehnert Art Jr. 3.63 Eugene, Ore.
Kate Lilly Mathematics So. 3.95 Renton, Wash.
Sedona McNerney Integrated Studies So. 3.83 Fair Oaks, Calif.
*+ Chynna Phan Integrated Studies Sr. 3.35 Bellingham, Wash.
Katherine Walter Business Administration So. 3.95 Brier, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Sophie Dodd Business Administration Sr. 3.57 Vancouver, B.C.
*+ Alana Mussatto Kinesiology Sr. 3.41 North Vancouver, B.C.
Paige Nock General Studies Jr. 3.35 Courtice, Ont.
Megan Notting Kinesiology Jr. 3.58 Langley, B.C.
Amy Petz Biomedical Physiology Sr. 3.29 Martensville, Sask.
Diana Voloshin Business Administration So. 3.66 Vancouver, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Rachel Bayly Interdisciplinary Studies So. 3.97 Moscow, Idaho
Meghan Drader Exercise Science So. 3.94 Amity, Ore.
*+ Alecia Falck Elementary Education Sr. 3.96 Eagle, Idaho
* Antoinette Gowen Business Jr. 3.64 Wilsonville, Ore.
Mariah Gronbach Education So. 3.61 Grants Pass, Ore.
* Grace Knapp Biology Jr. 3.99 Sandy, Ore.
*+ Sara Madden Social Science Sr. 3.93 Kent, Wash.
* Megan Rose Exercise Science Sr. 3.53 Hillsboro, Ore.
* Kennedy Rufener Business Sr. 3.65 Clackamas, Ore.
* Suzie Van De Grift Exercise Science Sr. 3.76 Yamhill, Ore.
* Olivia Woods Psychology Jr. 3.79 Troutdale, Ore.
Kendra Zimmerdahl Community Health Education Jr. 3.42 Portland, Ore.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Sophia Galvez English So. 3.36 Los Alamos, N.M.
*+ Maddy Hutchison Kinesiology Sr. 3.46 Snoqualmie, Wash.
Aundrea Koger Biology & German So. 3.92 Osage City, Kan.
*+ Alexandra Laiblin Biology Sr. 3.66 Oak Harbor, Wash.
*+# Jasmine McMullin English Literature/Elementary Education Sr. 3.94 Sequim, Wash.
* Tracy Melville Biology Jr. 3.72 Lamont, Wash.
Jewels Oliquiano Business Administration So. 3.79 Kaneohe, Hawaii
*+ Anna Paradee Kinesiology Sr. 3.83 Tacoma, Wash.
Raquel Pellecer Accounting So. 3.61 Sandy, Ore.
* Rachael Roberts Education Jr. 3.78 Woodinville, Wash.
Waverly Shreffler Environmental Studies So. 3.62 Sequim, Wash.
* Savannah Smith Marine Biology Jr. 3.30 Renton, Wash.
Nicole Vijgen Plastics & Composite Engineering So. 3.38 Mukilteo, Wash.
* - 2016-17 All-Academic Selection
+ - 2015-16 All-Academic Selection
# - 2014-15 All-Academic Selection