With the spring season complete, the Gulf South Conference announced its final installment of FireSeeds All-Academic and Honor Roll honorees for the 2016-17 academic year. And, Shorter was well represented, placing a total of 93 students on the GSC’s Honor Roll and eight to their respective All-Academic Teams. Three teams were represented on All-Academic rosters with two each from men’s and women’s track & field, and four to the women’s lacrosse list.
On the honor roll, both softball (19) and women’s tennis (8) placed all eligible roster members to the list. While, baseball had 24 recognized, women’s lacrosse had 12, women’s track & field placed 10 to the list, men’s track & field garnered seven honorees, golf added seven – four women and three men – and men’s tennis tallied six.
For the year, Shorter has seen 198 student-athletes recognized on the Honor Roll, and 13 garner All-Academic accolades.
For the 7th-ranked Hawks, Wake Roberds and Lane Fletcher earned All-Academic status.
Roberds, the GSC champion in the 400m hurdles, finished up his Shorter career with a second trip to DII nationals, competing in both the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. On the season, the senior from Watkinsville, was twice-named USTFCCCA All-America as part of the 4x400m, and in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, helped the Hawks to new school record times in the event.
Fletcher, a junior from Watkinsville, finished third overall at the GSC Championships in the men’s decathlon, while winning both the 100m hurdles and the 1500m races during the two days of events. He earned a trip to DII outdoor nationals, serving as the alternate for the men’s 4x100m relay that took third.
For women’s track and field, Anelise Aldana and Leah Sikorski earned All-Academic honors, for Sikorski the honor was her second on the year as she also earned the recognition during the fall for cross country. Aladana closed out her Shorter career with a GSC championship in both the long jump and triple jump, before finishing 13th overall in the long jump at DII nationals.
For women’s lacrosse, four of the thirteen athletes recognized came from Shorter in Shelby Beverly, Crystal Marshall, Allie Perry and McKinley Puckett. Marshall was a second time All-Academic selection; while the other three earned the recognition for the first time.
Beverly and Marshall earned the recognition to cap off a stellar final season for the Lady Hawks, as the pair finished 1-2 in nearly every offensive category.
To be eligible for All-Academic team honors, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and cannot be a freshman or first year transfer; other factors include leadership, service and extracurricular involvement. The members are then selected based on a conference-wide vote by the league’s Sports Information Directors or Faculty Athletic Representatives. There is no vote for Honor Roll honorees; all students with a 3.0 or better that have competed against outside competition are recognized.