MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Nineteen Central Michigan student-athletes were named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete by the Mid-American Conference for the spring, 2016-17 season.
The award goes to student-athletes representing MAC institutions who have excelled both athletically and academically.
In each of the eight spring sports, the league names an Academic All-MAC team. Student-athletes must have achieved a 3.20 grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of his or her team's competitions to earn the honor.
From those academic teams, the faculty athletic representatives from each institution selected a `best of the best' as a Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
The 19 Chippewas to earn the Distinguished Scholar Athlete distinction (with, year, hometown, GPA and major); student-athletes are listed by sport:
• Men's track and field: Luke Anderson, redshirt freshman, Palms, 3.60, economics; Dylan Banagis, senior, Grand Rapids, 3.86, entrepreneurship; Scott Cousino, junior, Clarkston, 3.88, sport management; Joseph Seghi, junior, Burtchville, 3.41, marketing; Logan Targgart, redshirt freshman, Coldwater, 3.79, personal financial planning; Sam Wagner, junior, Burlington, Wis., 3.33, environmental studies.
• Women's track and field: Samantha Cuneo, sophomore, Belmont, 3.81, integrative public relations; Kylee Dobbelaere, graduate student, Marlette, 3.66, sport administration; Megan O’Neil, junior, Stanwood, 3.72, dietetics; Rebekah Petty, junior, Greenville, Pa., 3.84, exercise science; Calli Stemple, sophomore, Waterford, 3.80, exercise science.
• Women’s golf: Natalie Johnson, junior, Nashville, Ill., 3.95, community health.
• Softball: Allison Curtis, sophomore, Tucson, Ariz., 3.46, mathematics; Maison Kalina, junior, Midland, 3.61, early child development and learning; Evelyn Lorimer, graduate student, Spring Lake, 4.00, public administration; Rachel Vieira, sophomore, Clarkston, 3.77, biology/biomedical sciences.
• Baseball: Daniel Jipping, junior, Canton, 3.94, finance; Patrick Leatherman, junior, Jenison, 3.20, communications; Colton Bradley, junior, Augusta, 3.54, general management.
Banagis was named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete for the third consecutive year. Jipping and Johnson were each named for the second straight year.