Women's Track and Field earns all-academic team honors

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Lewis Women's Track and Field earns USTFCCCA all-academic team honors

Published: July 23, 2014.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday (July 22) that the Lewis University women's track and field team, led by 10 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status.

In order to qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2013-14 school year. The Flyers checked in with a 3.20 GPA.

Helping the Flyers' cause was the performance of 10 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, including sophomore Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township), freshman Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep), junior Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley), senior Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated), freshman Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case), junior Kayla Patterson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), junior Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville), freshman Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton), sophomore Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) and junior Roslyn Summerville (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda).

All 10 of those student-athletes notched both a 3.25 cumulative GPA for the 2013-14 school year and reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor season.

"This caps off a great year for us," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We had so much success on the track, it's great to see that we were also stellar in the classroom."

  • Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) Marketing -3.59

  • Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) Athletic Training 3.85

  • Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) Criminal/Social Justice -3.74

  • Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated) Mathematics -3.28

  • Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case) Biology -3.31

  • Kayla Patterson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) Nursing -3.40

  • Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) Environmental Science -3.90

  • Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) Undeclared -3.49

  • Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) Psychology -3.64

  • Roslyn Summerville (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda) Mass Communication -3.84

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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