Four Pack named as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Tue, 05/27/2014

Paul Freese and Mike Corso were two of four honorees

(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s and women’s track and field teams had four student-athletes named as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Jacquelyn Gross, Denise Powell, Michael Corso, and Paul Freese all earned honors for the Wolf Pack.

All four earned recognition after earning a place on the SSAC All-Academic team. Powell, Corso, and Freese were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes during the fall for their work during the 2013 cross country season.

Gross is a thrower from Madisonville, Louisiana who is majoring in finance and accounting. The junior posted a personal best javelin throw at the SSAC Championship meet with a throw of 28.75m on April 25th in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Powell had Loyola’s top 800m time of the season with a mark of 2:29.25, which she set at the Southeastern Lion Invitational on April 18th. That mark was just shy of the biology major’s personal best and school record in the distance of 2:27.83, which was set last year. The Pearl, Mississippi native also ran the lead leg of the women’s 4x800m relay team, which set a school record of 10:08.63 at the SSAC Championship meet.

Corso set the school record in the 5000m at the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational with a mark of 15:49.09. That topped the previous school mark by more than 19 seconds. The Youngstown, Ohio native also ran the school’s fastest 3000m time of the year as he raced the Tulane Team Challenge in 9:13.78. Corso is a junior who is studying biology/pre-health at Loyola.

Freese earns plaudits after setting the school record in the 1500m race. The junior finished the Black and Gold Invitational in 4:10.13 barely edging Richard Bouckaert’s former school mark of 4:10.24. Freese joined Corso on the school’s 4x800m relay team, which set a school mark at the SSAC Championships with a time of 8:00.26, which was 40 seconds faster than the previous school mark set in 1999. The history major was named the LSWA Louisiana Cross Country Athlete of the Year during the fall as well as earning SSAC All-Conference honors.

In order to be named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. 233 men and 337 women across the country were named as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes during the 2014 track and field season.

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