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52 Western Student-Athletes Selected to Receive Southern Conference Commissioner's Medal

Aug. 6, 2006

Cullowhee, N.C. - Fifty-two Western Carolina student-athletes were selected to receive the Southern Conference Commissioner's Medals which recognizes varsity sport participants who posted a 3.5 grade point average or higher during the 2005-06 academic year. All told, a total of 579 student-athletes from the 11 member institutions were selected to receive the honor.

2005-06 SoCon Commissioner's Medal Recipients
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Established by the Southern Conference's Executive Committee during the 2004-05 academic year, the award recognizes those student-athletes who participated in varsity sports at member institutions and posted a 3.5 grade point average or higher while passing at least 24 hours in two semesters of classes or its equivalent for other academic calendars.

"The Southern Conference takes great pride in the academic excellence of these student-athletes," Commissioner John Iamarino commented. "Their success is a tribute to their dedication and discipline."

The medal recipients represent more than a third of the members of the Southern Conference honor roll, which consists of student-athletes who recorded a 3.0 or higher. Forty-one percent of the academic honor roll achieved a 3.5 or better with 57 student-athletes recording a perfect 4.0

The 2005 SoCon Tournament Champion Catamount women's soccer team had 11 team members receive the Commissioner's Medal to lead all of Western's athletic teams, with nine members of the women's track & field team ranking second, followed by five apiece from the baseball, softball, and volleyball teams.

Below is the complete list of Western Carolina Commissioner Medal honorees (by sport):

Chris Ahearn, So., 3.71, Sport Management
Tyler Johnson, Jr., 3.60, Business Administration & Law
Corey Martin, Fr., 3.74, Physical Education
Tyler Sexton, So., 3.97, Sport Management
Brock Thornburg, Jr., 3.68, Entrepreneurship

FOOTBALL: Marcus Brown, Fr., 3.80, Undeclared John Cooper, Jr., 3.55, Hospitality & Tourism Mike Malone, So., 3.52, Communication

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Brian McLean, So., 3.67, Criminal Justice

MEN'S TRACK & FIELD: David Gift, Fr., 3.84, Science Education / Biology Logan James, Fr., 3.64, Physical Education Mike Malone, So., 3.52, Communication

SOFTBALL: Stephanie Beatty, Fr., 3.78, Pre-Nursing Mollie Fowler, Fr., 3.79, Elementary Education Beth Hauser, Fr., 3.78, Undeclared Jenny Jackson, Fr., 4.00, Undeclared Brittany Underwood, So., 3.51, Nursing

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Kendra Eaton, Fr., 3.63, Sport Management Erin May, Jr., 3.76, Environmental Health Lauren Powell, Fr., 3.88, Undeclared Lynsie Lamitie, Jr., 3.83, English

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Deanna Kulesz, Sr., 3.78, Elementary Education Jenny Smith, Fr., 3.77, Physical Education

WOMEN'S GOLF: Brandy Andersen, Sr., 3.84, Sport Management Erika Danford, Sr., 3.90, Sport Management Malin Fryk, So., 3.83, Sport Management Bianca Melone, Jr., 3.78, International Business

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Lauren Atkinson, So., 3.58, Communication Buki Baruwa, Fr., 3.74, Criminal Justice Melissa Berry, So., 3.94, Sport Management Megan Chambers, Sr., 3.77, Communication Bailey Culp, So., 3.80, International Business Leah Daino, So., 3.59, Physical Education Keevy Harris, Jr., 3.97, Social Work Natasha Moore, Sr., 3.71, Communication Meghan Reilly, Jr., 3.64, Communication Alesha Row, Jr., 3.63, Criminal Justice Arlan Whittle, Fr., 3.65, Undeclared

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Trish Hanson, So., 3.53, Communication Katherine Ptak, Sr., 3.74, Sport Management Susanna Sjokvist, So., 3.98, International Business

WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD: Sharhonda Bell, Jr., 3.79, Biology Melissa Cabe, So., 3.69, Sport Management Rachel Glasgow, So., 3.96, Physical Education Jessica Hobart, Fr., 3.79, Parks and Recreation Management Kim Jackson, Jr., 3.99, Special Education Rachel Karriker, Fr., 3.53, Elementary Education Deanna Kulesz, Sr., 3.78, Elementary Education Tiffany Mack, Sr., 3.77, Criminal Justice / Spanish Jenny Smith, Fr., 3.77, Physical Education

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Meghan Boyle, Jr., 3.66, Elementary Education Elaine Castle, Fr., 3.69, Athletic Training Meredith Harmon, So., 3.72, Physical Education Tracey Justus, Fr., 3.97, Social Sciences and History Krista Neumann, Jr., 3.95, Physical Education