Fifteen Chippewas Earn Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award

Dec. 19, 2016 MAC Distiguished Scholar Athlete release

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Fifteen Central Michigan student-athletes were named Distinguished Scholar Athletes by the Mid-American Conference for the fall season.

The Distinguished Scholar Athlete award is presented to student-athletes who have excelled in athletics and academics.

Following each season of the sports schedule, any student-athlete with a 3.20 grade point average and who has participated in at least 50 percent of their respective team’s contests or meets was automatically named to Academic All-MAC Team from each sport.

From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the ‘best of the best’ for the Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award.

CMU’s 15 are among 236 student-athletes representing MAC institutions to be honored. Five of those Chippewas earned Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition in previous years: Kelly Schubert (women’s cross country), Christen Chiesa (women’s soccer), Kaylin Hoomaian (women’s soccer), Eliza Van de Kerkhove (women’s soccer) and Cooper Rush (football).

Those CMU Distinguished Scholar Athletes are listed below by sport with year, grade point average, major and hometown.

Men’s cross country: Casey Voisin, senior, 3.63, social studies, Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Women’s cross country: Samantha Allmacher, sophomore, 4.0, undecided, Utica, Mich.; Megan O’Neil, sophomore, 3.66, dietetics, Stanwood, Mich.; Kelly Schubert, senior, 3.94, exercise science, Freesoil, Mich.

Field hockey: Kayla McClure, sophomore, 3.77, environmental health and safety, Mohnton, Pa.; Leah Umberger, sophomore, 3.96, biology, Hershey, Pa.

Women’s soccer: Christen Chiesa, senior, 4.00, exercise science/kinesiology, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kaylin Hoomaian, senior, 3.99, exercise science/kinesiology, Novi, Mich.; Kristen Knutson, senior, 3.90, sports administration (graduate), Eagan, Minn., Eliza Van de Kerkhove, senior, 3.88, environmental recreation, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Volleyball: Jessica Meichtry, junior, 3.80, biology/biomedical sciences, Brookfield, Wis.

Football: Austin Doan, junior, 3.60, sport management, Romeo, Mich.; Luke Idoni, sophomore, 3.79, biology/biomedical sciences, Fenton, Mich.; Joe Ostman, 3.66, marketing, St. Ignace, Mich.; Cooper Rush, senior, 3.86, actuarial science/sport management, Charlotte, Mich.

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