MSU Distance Specialist Earns MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award
Emily Beaver
Emily Beaver

May 16, 2012

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri State track and cross country standout Emily Beaver (Diamond, Mo.) is among 10 student-athletes named by Commissioner Doug Elgin this week as a Missouri Valley Conference State Farm Good Neighbor Award honoree for the 2012 spring season.

The award was created in 2007 to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes across the MVC. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley recognizes 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees each year.

Beaver finished 8th at the 2011 MVC Cross Country Championship and earned the MVC Elite 18 Award for that event. She earned All-MVC honors in 2011 and has been on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team in cross country the last two seasons and in track for the 2011 season. At the 2012 MVC Outdoor Championships, she took fourth in the 1,500-meter run and 8th in the 800-meter run after an All-MVC performance during the indoor season, highlighted by a second-place showing in the Mile Run and 7th-place finish in the 3,000-meter run.

She holds a 4.00 grade point average in English education, has been a perennial fixture on the MSU Dean's List and has been named to the MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll six times.

Beaver has also participated in a variety of community service initiatives, including the MVC Just Read program, Adopt-a-Street program, Champion Athletes of the Ozarks Field Day, and Springfield Habitat for Humanity projects.



Other league honorees for the spring 2012 season include: Mariah Cole, Bradley, Softball, Soph.; Becca Changstrom, Creighton, Softball, Soph.; Gabi Demos, Drake, Women's Tennis, Sr.; Kelsey Costales, Evansville, Women's Tennis, Soph.; Hannah Esker, Illinois State, Women's Tennis, Sr.; Lindsay Beisser, Indiana State, Softball, Sr.; Jarred Herring, Northern Iowa, Men's Track & Field, Sr.; Thomas Heffernan, Southern Illinois, Men's Track & Field, Jr.; Courtney Reinke, Wichita State, Women's Track & Field, Jr.

State Farm Insurance is a long-time sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference and serves as title sponsor for all 18 MVC championship events. Also, State Farm is a prominent sponsor of the league’s television network and a sponsor of the Missouri Valley Conference’s community outreach program, “Just Read!”

Previous Missouri State State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award recipients are:
•Fall 2007 - Carrie Vestal, Sr., women's cross country
•Winter 2007-08 - Amy Crowder, Sr., women's swimming & diving
•Spring 2008 - Chris Playter, Jr., baseball
•Fall 2008 - David Arkin, So., football
•Winter 2008-09 - Roxy Stiles, Jr., women's basketball
•Spring 2009 - Jen Carr, Sr., softball
•Fall 2009 - Terry Phillips, So., women's cross country
•Winter 2009-10 - Will Creekmore, Jr., men's basketball
•Spring 2010 - Scott Glenn, Jr., men's golf
•Fall 2010 - Heath Melugin, Jr., men's soccer
•Winter 2010-11 - Rene Smith, Sr., women's swimming & diving
•Spring 2011 - Emily Matthews, Jr., women's golf
•Fall 2011 - Ashlee Mason, So., volleyball
•Winter 2011-12 - Christiana Shorter, Jr., women's basketball
•Spring 2012 - Emily Beaver, Jr., women's track/cross country



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