160 WKU Student-Athletes Recognized For Academic Accomplishments

Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University had 140 student-athletes earn Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List or Academic Honor Roll accolades Wednesday, bringing the school’s total to 160 individuals who were recognized by various leagues for their performance in the classroom during the 2005-06 school year.

Seventeen Hilltoppers were named to the Gateway Football Conference Academic Honor Roll, while three men’s soccer players were selected to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Team.

The Sun Belt Commissioner’s List honors student-athletes who recorded a grade-point average of 3.5 or better last year, while those posting a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 are named to the Academic Honor Roll.

Only Middle Tennessee, which plays football in the SBC and had 158 total individuals recognized, had more honorees than WKU. Louisiana-Lafayette (135), North Texas (133) and Arkansas State (127) — all members who also participate in the league in football — rounded out the top five.

“We are all very pleased with the academic performances of our student-athletes who represent us on 18 teams competing annually in the Sun Belt Conference,” said WKU Director of Athletic Dr. Wood Selig. “Our coaches and administration place academic success by our student-athletes as the highest priority. I am pleased with the academic achievements our WKU student-athletes continue to earn.”

Led by third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Kevin Dick, a member of the Topper cross country and track and field teams, five individuals — tying for the most among Sun Belt schools — earned Academic All-District IV recognition. Caron Blotch (volleyball), Matt Ransdell (baseball), Lisa Ross (women’s swimming) and Marion Rumph (football) all were honored during the season. And, Lady Topper track and field team member Courtney Wood was selected to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

In fact, Blotch became the first WKU student-athlete ever to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

For the year, more than half of WKU’s student-athletes — 205 of 396 (52%) — carried a 3.0 grade-point average in the spring semester, while almost as many (171) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Those figures include 25 student-athletes who posted a perfect 4.0 GPA last semester. Ten of WKU’s 20 programs sport a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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