MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb junior Tessa Hoefle was named the Atlantic Sun Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year on Monday morning while the Lady Bisons dominated with seven members named to the 14 athlete squad.
“We always say we are about academic excellence, social excellence, spiritual excellence and athletic excellence,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “It is always nice when you can back that up every season with how good we are academically.
“When we take half of the all-academic team, it just shows we are excelling.”
Hoefle, who has twice been named the Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year, owns a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in English. Hoefle won the 5,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships by 18 seconds, finishing in 17:06.04. She also picked up the silver medal in the steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 10:47.29.
Lipscomb has swept the top honor for the A-Sun this season in the three related sports with Hoefle taking cross country in the fall and Dani Walker winning the honor for indoor track and field.
Named to the team by a unanimous vote was April Terry, a psychology major holding a 3.75 GPA. Terry had an outstanding year in the field events having tossed the second-best throw of the year in the A-Sun in the shot put, a 13.5-meter toss at the Sun Angel Classic. She also claimed the seventh-best throw in the hammer throw, a toss of 49.28 meters. Both of those marks were Lipscomb school records.
Sophomores Kaitlyn Llewellyn and Brenna Thompson were named to the team with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Llewellyn, an exercise science/kinesiology major, garnered fifth place honors at the A-Sun championships in the steeplechase. She crossed the finish line in 11:08.82. Thompson, working in pre-pharmacy, ran the 11th quickest time in A-Sun this season in the 400-meter dash in 56.85 seconds.
Katie Bunker, holding a 3.70 GPA in chemistry, was named to the team after claiming all-conference honors in the 1,500-meter run. She finished third in the event in 4:32.30. She also finished fourth in the 800-meter run at the A-Sun Championships.
A fourth place finish in the 10,000-meter run helped Alex Newby earn her way onto the academic squad. The nutrition major, holding a 3.67 GPA, ran the third quickest time during the A-Sun season in the 10,000-meter run finishing in 37.42.92 at the Raleigh Relays.
Kendra lobley, a bio-chemistry major with a 3.67 GPA, finished third in the 5,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships with a time of 17:37.69. She ran the fastest time in the A-Sun this season with a 16:44.45 at the Raleigh Relays.