Jul 082008
 
Authors: Adam Bohlmeyer

While their work on the field may be more visible, 70 CSU student-athletes were honored this year for their academic performances.

The Rams saw their efforts in the classroom pay off as they were named to the Mountain West All-Conference Academics list.

Zen Brown, a member of the Mountain West champion men’s golf team, said it felt good to see all his hard work being honored.

“It is nice to pull off good grades and be an athlete at the same time,” the junior business administration major said. “It can be difficult sometimes.”

Brown put up a 3.46 GPA to earn a spot on the list.

Kandy Beemer, a guard for the women’s basketball team, explained that a lot of sacrifice went into balancing her life as a student and an athlete. Beemer achieved a 3.65 GPA in her third year at CSU.

“It’s very rewarding because I gave up a lot of social time between practices and studying,” the liberal arts major said. “The way I managed my time paid off.”

Beemer added that keeping up her grades was not an easy task, especially when she was on the road traveling during the basketball season.

“It’s hard because when you’re on the road, any spare hours you have are usually taken up by studying,” she said.

Student-athletes from nine different sports programs received All-Conference status. The men’s and women’s track teams led the way for the Rams, gathering 37 honors between the two squads. The men’s and women’s basketball teams, men’s and women’s golf teams, softball and women’s swimming and diving team also had athletes named to the prestigious list.

Head track coach Brian Bedard was pleased to see so many of his athletes honored.

“It’s a tribute to our program,” he explained. “The student part is just one piece of it, and the athletic part is another. I’m pretty happy across the board with how we did.”

To be eligible for the list, an athlete must have completed at least one academic term at CSU while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. They must also be a starter or significant contributor to his or her team.

Bedard said that having so many all-conference athletes can only breed more success for the future in the classroom and in competition.

“It’s teaching a balance,” he said. “Typically the best athletes are also good in the classroom. Also, if you have more good students on teams, it tends to rub off on more marginal students and they tend to improve.”

Sports writer Adam Bohlmeyer can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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Sport Name Class GPA Major

Men’s Basketball David Cohen Senior 3.18 Business Administration

Men’s Basketball Joshua McGinley Freshman 3.29 Business Administration

Men’s Basketball Jared Van Tassel Junior 3.80 Civil Engineering

Women’s Basketball Bonnie Barbee Freshman 3.60 Biomedical Science

Women’s Basketball Kandy Beemer Junior 3.65 Social Science

Women’s Basketball Kelly Rae Finley Senior 3.73 Human Development & Family Studies

Women’s Basketball Sara Hunter Senior 3.33 Human Development & Family Studies

Women’s Basketball Emily Neal Sophomore 3.38 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Basketball Elle Queen Freshman 3.20 Technical Journalism

Women’s Basketball Lauren Young Freshman 3.54 Business Administration

Men’s Golf Zen Brown Junior 3.46 Business Administration

Men’s Golf Bryce Hanstad Sophomore 3.34 Business Administration

Women’s Golf Stefanie Ferguson Junior 3.47 Business Administration

Women’s Golf Kayley Kempton Freshman 3.66 Business Administration

Softball Cayte Billman Sophomore 3.24 Human Development & Family Studies

Softball Eranne Daugharthy Freshman 3.83 Animal Science

Softball Allison Majam Sophomore 3.71 Construction Management

Softball Ashley Munoz Sophomore 3.10 Undeclared

Women’s Swimming and Diving Jacqueline Bibee Freshman 3.80 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Swimming and Diving Kim Freeman Freshman 3.50 Undeclared

Women’s Swimming and Diving Maddie Gamble Freshman 3.27 Undeclared

Women’s Swimming and Diving Nora Kennedy Sophomore 3.97 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Swimming and Diving Karin Knudson Senior 3.84 Biological Science

Women’s Swimming and Diving Stephanie Meyer Junior 3.25 Human Development & Family Studies

Women’s Swimming and Diving Emily Molzahn Freshman 3.48 Interior Design

Women’s Swimming and Diving Kelly O’Brien Freshman 3.07 Undeclared

Women’s Swimming and Diving Michelle Price Freshman 3.79 Biomedical Science

Women’s Swimming and Diving Sara Servold Senior 3.48 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Swimming and Diving Tara Staley Senior 3.02 Speech Communication

Women’s Swimming and Diving Charlie Swearingen Freshman 3.85 Business Administration

Women’s Tennis Laura Neal Sophomore 3.90 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Tennis Kirsten Stople Sophomore 3.22 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Tennis Hilary Tyler Senior 3.86 Speech Communication

Men’s Track and Field Cameron Carter Sophomore 3.04 Health & Exercise Science

Men’s Track and Field Doug Dieker Sophomore 3.35 Construction Management

Men’s Track and Field Brian Fox Freshman 3.70 Health & Exercise Science

Men’s Track and Field Ryan Friese Sophomore 3.79 Electrical Engineering

Men’s Track and Field Chad Gibson Sophomore 3.36 Nutrition & Food Science

Men’s Track and Field Joseph Alex Godell Senior 3.92 Economics

Men’s Track and Field Nigel Joseph Sophomore 3.00 Apparel & Merchandising

Men’s Track and Field Jakob Keyser Freshman 3.51 Business Administration

Men’s Track and Field Ian Lettow Freshman 3.18 Business Administration

Men’s Track and Field Joshua Murphy Freshman 3.67 Construction Management

Men’s Track and Field Scott Sanders Junior 3.16 Sociology

Men’s Track and Field Jason Schutz Senior 3.26 Watershed Science

Men’s Track and Field Travis Smith Sophomore 3.79 Liberal Arts

Men’s Track and Field Cole Tucker Sophomore 3.24 Biological Science

Men’s Track and Field Kurtis Vanatta Freshman 3.07 Civil Engineering

Men’s Track and Field Tyson Williams Sophomore 3.12 Accounting

Men’s Track and Field Kevin Wills Junior 3.82 Mechanical Engineering

Women’s Track and Field Teresa Bell Senior 3.40 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Track and Field Meagan Berg Sophomore 3.10 Undeclared

Women’s Track and Field Katherine Colvin Junior 3.29 Biological Science

Women’s Track and Field Janay DeLoach Senior 3.50 Human Development & Family Studies

Women’s Track and Field Hilary Fraser Freshman 3.59 Business Administration

Women’s Track and Field Emily Geubelle Sophomore 3.29 Technical Journalism

Women’s Track and Field Allison Gohl Freshman 3.76 Biomedical Science

Women’s Track and Field Kristen Hemphill Junior 3.83 Nutrition & Food Science

Women’s Track and Field Amanda Johnson Senior 3.37 English

Women’s Track and Field Tanesha Johnson Sophomore 3.90 Business Administration

Women’s Track and Field Kristen Kugler Sophomore 3.72 History

Women’s Track and Field Katie Lloyd Senior 3.43 Landscape Horticulture

Women’s Track and Field Heather Loseke Senior 3.22 Human Development & Family Studies

Women’s Track and Field Ashleigh Morton Senior 3.42 Construction Management

Women’s Track and Field Stacey Poulos Senior 3.42 Nutrition & Food Science

Women’s Track and Field Ellen Rastall Freshman 3.47 English

Women’s Track and Field Stacey Robben Sophomore 3.53 Biological Science

Women’s Track and Field Sonni Russell Sophomore 3.50 Health & Exercise Science

Women’s Track and Field April Thomas Senior 4.00 Biological Science

Women’s Track and Field Melissa Thomas Senior 3.68 Health & Exercise Science

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