14 USM Spires Named as NAIA Scholar-Athletes

12/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—Fourteen University of Saint Mary students have been named as 2013-2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for their efforts both in the classroom and on the field this fall. The NAIA will release football scholar-athletes in late December.

In order to receive the NAIA scholar-athlete award, students must be nominated by their head coach or school sports information director, must have achieved junior standing academically, and must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The 14 honored Spires come from a variety of USM Fall sports: five from Men’s Soccer, four from Women’s Soccer, three from Women’s Cross Country, and one each from Volleyball and Men’s Cross Country.

The award-winners from the Spires Men’s Soccer Team are Nathan Eudaly, a senior midfielder from Kansas City, Mo.; Jeffrey Hermesch, a junior midfielder from Lawrence, Kan.; Colin Janicek, a junior forward from Columbia, Mo.; Ian Lutz, a junior midfielder from Manhattan, Kan.; and Cory Stephens, a junior defender from Bonner Springs, Kan.

The honorees from the Spires Women’s Soccer Team are Alexandria Bartels, a junior defender from Tonganoxie, Kan.; Jennifer Nye, a junior forward from Lansing, Kan.; Bridget O'Neill, a senior forward from Leavenworth, Kan.; and Michelle Reiswig, a senior midfielder from Nevada City, Calif.

The winners from the Spires Women’s Cross Country Team are Amy Jystad, a junior from Trabuco, Calif.; Caroline Suarez, a junior from Salina, Calif.; and Samantha Winter, a junior from Omaha, Neb.

Rounding out the Saint Mary honorees are Volleyball middle blocker Shannon Anderson, a junior from Topeka, Kan., and Men’s Cross Country runner Ricardo Cortez, a junior from Hidalgo, Texas.

“All of these players are true student athletes,” said USM Athletic Director Rob Miller. “They put as much effort into the classroom as they do on gameday.”

Saint Mary has 12 varsity sports programs—football, volleyball, baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, and track & field—along with co-ed cheerleading and dance. Visit www.gospires.com to learn more about USM athletics.