Track & field nabs eight All-Academic, Newman named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Thursday, May 24, 2018
By Logan Butts
Track & field nabs eight All-Academic, Newman named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

LakePoint, Ga. – The Lipscomb track and field squad once again showed their prowess in the classroom as the Bisons landed eight on the ASUN 2018 Outdoor All-Academic team, including Scholar-Athlete of the Year Wayne Newman

"It's terrific to be so well represented on the ASUN All-Academic teams again,” Lipscomb Director of Track Bill Taylor said. “Our program strives for academic excellence just as we strive for athletic excellence. It's an expectation and a foundational part of our culture. 

“Year after year we excel and rank among the top teams in the nation. Year after year we are very well represented on the ASUN All-Academic teams.”

Newman keeps adding accolades to his shelf in his final season in the Purple and Gold. This is his seventh overall All-Academic nod between indoor and outdoor and his fourth Scholar-Athlete of the Year award (two each for indoor and outdoor). Both figures are program records. 

He became the first four-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year in ASUN history. 

"This is a terrific cap to Wayne's ASUN career,” Taylor said. “As I've said before, Wayne has led our team as a captain, as the hardest worker, as a first class person and obviously in the classroom too. He represents the type of person we recruit and strive to recruit. 

“He represents Lipscomb incredibly. We love seeing Wayne earn these honors and bring such positive attention to our program and to Lipscomb.”

While completing a Graduate Business degree in his fifth year with Lipscomb, Newman came back for one more outdoor season, winning three ASUN titles and medaling in four events.

Joining Newman on the men’s side were senior Kade Hinkle, junior Ryan Speer, and sophomores Owen Glogovsky and Ahmed Amaar. Hinkle, Speer, and Glogovsky were unanimous selections.

Hinkle compiled a 3.91 GPA as an Exercise Science major. He finishes his Lipscomb career with four All-Academic nods, including two for outdoor.

Speer earned a 3.81 GPA as a Corporate Management major. This is his third All-Academic nod total, and first for outdoor.

Glogovsky spots a GPA of 3.83 as a Biochemistry major, while Amaar has a 3.84 GPA in International Business. This is the second All-Academic honor for both, after earning an indoor nod earlier this season.

On the women’s side, senior Katie Sperry, redshirt-junior Avery Franklin, and sophomore Courtney Brenner were all selected unanimously.

Sperry compiled a 3.86 GPA as a Biology major. The senior earns the second All-Academic nod of the season and of her career after earning an indoor nod earlier this year.

Franklin owns a 3.93 GPA as an Exercise Science major. This is her fourth All-Academic nod total and second for outdoor.

Brenner has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Dietetics major. She also earned an Indoor All-Academic nod earlier this season.

"All of our men and women on the All-Academic teams have incredible character,” Taylor said. “They all have striven for success in every aspect of their lives. We are so proud of all of them and of the many others on our teams that have achieved academic excellence. 

“There are more athletes on our team with 4.0 GPA's than I can count in my head. We have always led the way academically, and we will always lead the way academically."