NEW ORLEANS, La. – The 2011 Daktronics NAIA Cross Country Scholar Athletes were announced last Friday. Five Loyola University New Orleans runners made the prestigious list, an increase of three from a season ago.
Junior Jenna Knoblach and senior Mary Clara Hutchison were selected for the women’s team. Knoblach accumulated her best cross country season to date, improving her times at the Wolfpack Invitational, Gulf Coast Stampede, and Southeast Classic. Hutchison saved her best performance for last, running a personal best of 20:49 at the SSAC Conference Championship. This marks the second year in a row Hutchison made the list.
Juniors Kenny Tsao, Galen Westerfield, and Alex McDonald made the cut for the men’s team. Tsao’s best outing of the season came at the Gulf Coast Stampede when he ran a 29:21 8K race. Westerfield set new career highs in the 5K and 8K, securing times of 17:51 (Wolfpack Invitational) and 29:20 (SSAC Conference Championship) respectively. Finally, in his first affiliated year with the Wolfpack, McDonald competed in three meets with his best finish (22nd) occurring at the Wolfpack Invitational.
“I am very proud of the five runners who worked hard to achieve this honor,” said head cross country coach Andy Canegitta. “It is not easy to wake up and practice at 6 a.m., then go to class all day, and maintain a 3.5 GPA on top of it all.”
Student-athletes are nominated by the head coach and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must have achieved a junior academic status in order to qualify for the honor.
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