Andy Sneddon, CMUChippweas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Six Central Michigan student-athletes were named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete by the Mid-American Conference for the spring, 2016 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 selected a `best of the best' as a Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
The six Chippewas to earn the Distinguished Scholar Athlete distinction (with sport, year, hometown, GPA and major): Dylan Banagis, men's track and field, junior, Grand Rapids, 3.89, entrepreneurship; Kelly Schubert, women's track and field, junior, Free Soil, 3.94, exercise science - kinesiology; Natalie Johnson, women's golf, sophomore, Nashville, Ill., 3.93, community health; CarolAnn Sexauer, softball, senior, Canton, 3.84, family studies; Ryan Heeke, baseball, senior, Mount Pleasant, 3.78, mathematics; Daniel Jipping, baseball, sophomore, Canton, 3.95, finance; Sean Renzi, baseball, senior, Plainfield, Ill., 3.73, master of business administration.
Banagis, Heeke, Renzi and Schubert were named Distinguished Scholar Athletes for the second consecutive year.