Eastern New Mexico University has named eight athletes as team representatives of its 2013-14 academic athletes of the year list.
“One of the strengths of NCAA Division II is the emphasis on academics,” ENMU Athletic Director Jeff Geiser said in a university release. “We truly put the “student” in student-athlete. We here at Eastern are proud of our accomplishments in sports, but equally proud of our performance in the classroom.”
The athletes honored are:
Jaylyn Cooper, women’s basketball: Cooper, a sophomore mathematics for secondary education major from Texico, averaged 4.8 points and more than one assist per game, and led the Zias with 1.3 steals per game. She was a five-time double-figure scorer and had multiple steals in 11 games.
Kyle Lantz, men’s basketball: Lantz, a four-time Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll nominee, averages 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game and played in all 26 games for the Greyhounds. The Albuquerque native won the conference’s academic player of they year award, the first time a Greyhound has won the award since it was established in 2005.
Aaron Anderson, baseball: Anderson, a health and physical educaiton major from Palms, Calif., appeared in seven games as a relief pitcher and recorded one save. He has a career 31 appearances and 16 starts.
Marleyna Pion, softball: Pion, a junior computer science major from Rio Rancho, led the Zias with a .351 batteing average. She had seven multi-hit games and posted a five-game hit streak.
Beth Blind, women’s track and field and women’s cross country: Blind, a sophomore animal and dairy science major from Kennedale ,Texas, earned spots on the conference’s all-academic team in both track and cross country. She had two second-place finishes during the track season, one in the 5,000 and the other in the 1,500.
Nicklas Waterhouse, men’s track and field: Waterhouse, a chemistry/biochemistry major from Farmington, was a sprinter for the Greyhounds, with his highest finish 14th place in the 400 during a meet at McMurry University.
Taylor Smith, women’s rodeo: Smith, a native of Rimbey, Alberta, Canada, is third in the Southwest Region in breakaway roping and will head to the College National Finals Rodeo in June. She helped ENMU win eight of its 10 rodeos.
Logan Medlin, men’s rodeo: Medlin, an animal science major from Tatum, is heading to the College National Finals Rodeo to compete in team roping.