The Shawnee State men’s and women’s golf programs had a combined six student-athletes named Mid-South Conference All-Academic for the 2017-18 season.
SSU’s men had three players awarded the Mid-South Conference’s highest academic honor. Dagan Abdon (JR/Greenup County, Ky.), Ben Wilson (SO/Flatwoods, Ky.) and Bobby Thomas (FR/Ashland, Kentucky) all earned the award. The three players matches Shawnee State’s total in 2014-15, and is the most since SSU joined the Mid-South Conference for the 2010-11 season.
Shawnee State’s women also had three players named All-Academic. Margot Current (SR/Circleville, Ohio), Emily Hayes (SO/Pataskala, Ohio), and Emily Spriggs (SO/West Union, Ohio) were all given the award for the 2017-18 season. The three Bears named All-Academic is one more than last season, with Current the only repeat honoree.
In addition to Shawnee State men’s and women’s tennis had a combined 11 players named Mid-South Conference All-Academic for the 2017-18 school year.
The SSU women led the way with eight student-athletes named All-Academic for the season.
Abby Brinkman (SR/Troy, Ohio), Rebecca Cinfio (JR/Somonauk, Ill.), Mykalley Detty (SR/Washington Court House, Ohio), Michaela Garner (JR/Hebron, Ohio), Adrianna Johnson (SO/Clarksville, Ohio), Jillian Kelly (SO/Germantown, Ohio), Caleigh O’Neal (JR/Greenup, Kentucky) and Kathleen Singer (SR/Minford, Ohio) all earned the award. The eight Bears named All-Academic is a program high since Shawnee State joined the Mid-South Conference, with the previous high being seven in 2016.
Shawnee State’s men also had three players named All-Academic for 2017-18, with Matthew Bryant (SR/Asheville, Ohio), Rodney Spriggs (JR/Lucasville, Ohio) and Chase Ward (SO/Waverly, Ohio) picking up the Mid-South Conference’s highest academic honor. The three Bears named All-Academic is also a program high, up from two earned last season in Shawnee State’s first year of competition.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes were required to be a sophomore at their institution, and have maintained a cumulative 3.25 GPA in their academic career.
Shawnee State men’s and women’s track and field were in action over the weekend at the Jesse Owens Invitational and the Otterbein Twilight Invitational.
SSU track and field programs compete at Jesse Owens, Ottenbein Invitationals
The Shawnee State men’s and women’s track programs sent two women to the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus on Friday. Despite battling the stomach flu, Anna Havranek was able to compete in the 5,000 meter run, finishing 15th overall with a time of 18:11.79, while Brooke Smith finished 23rd in the 1500 meter run by obtaining a mark of 4:41.56. Seth Farmer was the lone competitor for the Shawnee State men at the event, and finished seventh in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:53.69.
SSU’s men were also in action at the Otterbein Twilight Invitational on Saturday. Chris Parsons (FR/Middletown, Ohio) was the best finisher for the track team on Saturday, finishing 19th in the 5000-meter run with a time of 16:33.32. Hunter Parsons (FR/Middleport, Ohio) was the next best finisher for SSU, placing 27th in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:17.84.
The Shawnee State track and field program is currently in action at the Mid-South Conference Championships in Columbia, Kentucky. The MSC Championships run from Monday, April 23 to Wednesday, April 25.