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UVU athletics: 49 Wolverines earn GWC all-academic recognition

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The Great West Conference announced its 2012-13 Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference honors for baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and women's golf. The list features 49 Utah Valley University student-athletes — the most of any GWC institution.

Twenty-one members of the women's track and field teams made the cut, as did seven more from both men's track and field and women's basketball, six from baseball, five from women's golf, and three from men's basketball.

Leading the honorees are five athletes who have achieved 4.0 grade point averages, headlined by Utah Valley's track athlete Sally Hansen. Joining Hansen are Houston Baptist women's basketball player Devyn Weymouth, NJIT track athlete Jonathan Daudelin, North Dakota baseball player Trent Egan and Northern Colorado baseball player Ben Packard.

In all, 152 Great West student-athletes were named to the team based on a minimum 3.2 grade point average. The athletes also must have participated in at least 50 percent of their respective team's contests.

Making up the academic team are 50 women's track and field athletes, 35 representatives of men's track and field, 37 baseball players, 15 women's basketball players, nine women's golfers, and six men's basketball players.

Using the institutions' most recent GPA, the student-athletes are selected by each member institution's sports information director, with approval from the faculty athletic representative and the head coach. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

"I applaud these Great West student-athletes who have made an effort to balance academics and athletics," GWC Commissioner Ed Grom said. "It is difficult enough to perform in the classroom with the outside influence of today's society, but these student-athletes have proven they can dedicate the hours and hours of time needed to also perform at the Division I level. I am truly amazed by those who have achieved all-conference honors while also maintaining the high GPA in their major of choice. Congratulations to all 152 honorees and best of luck in the future."

UVU representatives on GWC Winter/Spring All-Academic Team:

Sport, name, major (class)

Baseball: Jeff Barto, Criminal Justice Law Enforcement (Senior)

Baseball: Kai Hatch, Exercise Science (Senior)

Baseball: Blake Krahenbuhl, General Business (Senior)

Baseball: Devin Nelson, Technology Management (Junior)

Baseball: Braden Poole, Biology (Sophomore)

Baseball: Riley White, Journalism (Junior)

Women's Golf: Brooke Bliss, Psychology (Sophomore)

Women's Golf: Jordyn Dougal, Exercise Science (Senior)

Women's Golf: Hannah Herman, Marketing (Sophomore)

Women's Golf: Heather Mathison, Biology (Sophomore)

Women's Golf: Lynn-Marie Nagel, International Business (Sophomore)

Men's Basketball: Ben Aird, Exercise Science (Junior)

Men's Basketball: Keawe Enos, Exericse Science (Junior)

Men's Basketball: Holton Hunsaker, Accounting (Junior)

Women's Basketball: Sarah Clement, Mathematics (Senior)

Women's Basketball: Alle Finch Cardwell, Exercise Science (Senior)

Women's Basketball: Cydne Gray, Health Education (Senior)

Women's Basketball: Whitney Jenkins, Health Education (Junior)

Women's Basketball: Sammie Jensen, Biology (Senior)

Women's Basketball: Ashley Klemz, Accounting (Sophomore)

Women's Basketball: Kaycee Mansfield, Exercise Science (Senior)

Men's Track and Field: Mark Jones, International Business (Junior)

Men's Track and Field: Levi Ball, Accounting (Junior)

Men's Track and Field: Macy Butterfield, International Business (Junior)

Men's Track and Field: Allah Laryea-Akrong, Drafting Technology (Senior)

Men's Track and Field: Joshua McCabe, Biology (Junior)

Men's Track and Field: Michael McPherson, Exercise Science (Sophomore)

Men's Track and Field: Stephen Wickhamshire, Political Science (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: Jessica Lingwall, Psychology (Junior)

Women's Track and Field: Ally Deeter, English (Junior)

Women's Track and Field: Kelli Roach Barnes, Exercise Science (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: Becca Brown Renshaw, Exercise Science (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: Lindsey Bryant, Finance (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Megan Burr, Emergency Care (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: McKell Camp Nielson, Psychology (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Lexie Esplin, Psychology (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Taylor Gomez, History Education (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Sally Hansen, Biochemistry (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: Brooke Hodson Davies, History Education (Junior)

Women's Track and Field: Krissy Knowles, Psychology (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: KelliAnne Olsen, General Business (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Wendy Peterson, Exercise Science (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Maryn Pincock, Health Services (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: Summer Richards, Elementary Education (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Stephanie Rimmasch, Exercise Science (Sophomore)

Women's Track and Field: Autumn Robertson, Exercise Science (Junior)

Women's Track and Field: Latoya Shaw, Accounting (Senior)

Women's Track and Field: Jessica Wilding, Math Education (Junior)

Women's Track and Field: Natalie Young Baker, Psychology (Junior)

Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit