Newman named Scholar-Athlete of the Year as 8 Bisons earn All-Academic
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
By Logan Butts
Newman named Scholar-Athlete of the Year as 8 Bisons earn All-Academic

LakePoint, Ga. – Lipscomb senior Wayne Newman was named the ASUN Men’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league offices on Tuesday afternoon.

Newman had previously won the Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2015, but this was the first such Indoor honor for a male athlete in school history.

The Arizona native accumulated a 3.38 GPA as a Nursing major in route to earning his third consecutive Indoor All-Academic nod and his fifth nod overall.

"It is another great honor for Wayne, all our All-Academic team members and our program and athletic department as a whole,” Lipscomb Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Bill Taylor said.

“Year after year we prove that we can strive for excellence athletically while also being excellent in the classroom, doing service work and mission trips, and giving our student-athletes the opportunity to grow and excel in every way.”

He had recently been named the Most Outstanding Male Track Performer for the ASUN Indoor Championships after winning his fourth consecutive 60m high hurdles title, placing second in the 200m, and fourth in the 60m.

“As I've said before, Wayne is a first class person,” Taylor said. “He gives his all in every way and is a true leader for our program.  I'm so happy for him, and I'm very proud of these athletes and how we do things here."

For the second year in a row, five Bisons were named to the Men’s All-Academic team, as senior Daniel Lenart, junior Jacob Poyner, and sophomores Nathan Morgan and Ryan Speer joined Newman on the squad.

Like Neman, this was Lenart’s third Indoor nod and fifth overall. He earned a 3.88 GPA as an Exercise Science major.

The three other members were each first-time nominees. Poyner and Morgan both had perfect 4.0 GPA’s as an Exercise Science and a Mathematics major, respectively. Speer maintained a 3.79 mark as a Mechanical Engineering major.

On the women’s side, three Lady Bisons earned spots on the All-Academic team.

Between track and field and cross country, senior Barbara Lee Ball has now earned seven All-Academic nominations. This was the third Indoor honor for the Nursing major with a 3.84 GPA.

Junior Kacey Kemper earned her second Indoor All-Academic honor and fourth overall. The Biology major compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Sophomore Bridgette Doucet also maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Special Education Internationalist major for her first-ever All-Academic nod.