The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) recently announced the list of 1,789 student-athletes from the conference’s nine member institutions recognized to the 2019-20 MIAA Academic Honor Roll. That total shatters the previous best of 1,358 from the 2019-20 academic year and marks the fifth consecutive year the total of honorees surpassed 1,200 student-athletes.
Overall, Adrian trailed only Trine and Hope (263 each) and Calvin (259) for the most honorees on the conference’s academic honor roll. The Bulldogs set a department record for the most awardees with 203 to easily surpass the previous school benchmark of 150, set during the 2018-19 academic year.
The Faculty Athletic Representatives from each institution, along with the governing bodies of the MIAA, agreed to a 3.4 grade-point average (GPA) for the 2019-20 academic year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced member schools to turn to online learning, many members used a pass-fail grading system. Because there was not a second semester offered to many MIAA student-athletes to raise their GPA from the first semester, this compromise was decided.
In addition to the GPA requirement, student-athletes also must have earned a varsity letter or have been on the varsity team roster when their season was canceled due to COVID-19.
A record 213 MIAA student-athletes posted a 4.0 GPA during the 2019-20 academic year, including 25 Adrian Bulldogs: Cheerleading–Emily Kolb, Junior, Alma High School; Women’s Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field–Amy Adams, Sophomore, Dowagiac, Mich. (Ross Beaty HS); Football–Blake Masterman, Freshman, Muskegon, Mich. (Oakridge HS); Men’s Lacrosse–Griffin Werth, Freshman, Metamora, Mich. (Lake Orion HS); Women’s Lacrosse–Jenna Anheuser, Freshman, Canton High School…Hannah Roegner, Junior, Huntington Woods, Mich. (Mercy HS); Women’s Soccer–Kristin Conner, Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. (Carroll College)…Angela Davis, Junior, Trenton, Mich. (Grand Valley State)…Caroline Fleming, Senior, Grosse Ile High School…Kimberly Lindberg, Senior, Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison HS)…Megan Louwers, Junior, Grosse Pointe, Mich. (Detroit Mercy)…Mya Oleksiak, Junior, Shelby, Mich. (L’Anse Creuse North HS)…Kristen Page, Junior, Clarkston High School…Kyla Sovran, Senior, Belle River, Ontario (St. Anne’s HS)…Brooke Teska, Senior, Trenton High School; Softball–Madison Budde, Senior, Novi High School; Men’s Tennis–Cameron Rafinski, Sophomore, Granger, Ind. (Marian HS); Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field–Joshua Light, Freshman, Central Lake, Mich. (Ellsworth HS); Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field–Britney Carnagie, Junior, Macomb, Mich. (Lutheran North HS)…Kyla Sovran, Senior, Belle River, Ontario (St. Anne’s); Women’s Volleyball–Lydia Christian, Sophomore, Traverse City, Mich. (Elk Rapids HS)…Korbyn Koerner, Senior, Saline High School…Carly Thomas, Senior, Fishers (Ind.) High School…Alexandra Tobler, Junior, Buchanan High School…Blaire Weiman, Sophomore, Macomb, Mich. (Lutheran North HS).
Along with academic success, MIAA student-athletes showed their strength in competition as 297 were multi-sport letterwinners, and 112 earned a varsity letter in three sports, and two student-athletes from Alma earned varsity letters in four sports in 2019-20.
The following Bulldogs participated in three sports of men’s and women’s cross country, indoor/outdoor track and field: Robert Diebold, Kevin LaMont, Brett Carlisle, William Martin, Amy Adams, Sydney Feekings, Jordan Cooper and Kaley Haupt. In addition, Kyla Sovran competed in women’s soccer and indoor/outdoor track and field.
Two-sport Bulldogs who competed in men’s and women’s indoor/outdoor track & field were Joshua Light, Ryan Cadwallader, Dazmond Lawrence, Derek Plitt, Nicholas Waidelich, Nicholas Jackson, Brendan Jorgensen, Britney Carnagie, Abbie Lefevre, Violet Smith, Chantel Edwards, Bradey Osborn and Ashly Luther.