Beaver, Edwards Represent Bears on MVC Scholar-Athlete Team


Nov. 1, 2011

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri State junior Emily Beaver and sophomore Erin Edwards were named to the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Team, the league announced Tuesday. The pair was honored by the MVC for their academic and athletic performances, following the completion of the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships on Sunday in Terre Haute, Ind. at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course.

Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to meet performance standards, as they must finish among the first 20 runners at the conference championship and hold at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA and be a sophomore in athletic and academic standing to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.

Fourteen student-athletes were named to the women’s team, as Beaver and Jamie Pfister of Southern Illinois hold perfect 4.00 GPAs. It is the second year in-a-row that Beaver has garnered Scholar-Athlete honors.

Next, the Bears will travel to Dekalb, Ill., for the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships (6K) on Nov. 14. Last season, Missouri State finished 14th in the field of 27. Both senior Terry Phillips and Beaver logged times that are ranked among the top-10 all-time in Missouri State history.

Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Team
Finish Runner Year School Major GPA
1 Aliphine Tuliamuk Jr. Wichita State Pre-Nursing 3.24
3 Aisha Praught Sr. Illinois State Geology 3.24
4 Scarla Nero Sr. Wichita State Elementary Education 3.67
6 Patrober Murindat Sr. Wichita State Health Science 3.37
8 Emily Beaver Jr. Missouri State English Education 4.00
9 Hayley Thomas Jr. Northern Iowa Accounting 3.70
10 Kristen Zillmer Jr. Illinois State Special Education 3.46
11 Jessica Zangmeister So. Indiana State Nursing 3.52
12 Cassie Lohmeier So. Bradley Health Science 3.86
15 Jamie Pfister Sr. Southern Illinois Secondary Math Education 4.00
17 Samantha Shukla So. Wichita State Psychology 3.74
18 Erin Edwards So. Missouri State Exercise & Movement Science 3.99
19 Jillian Lageschulte Sr. Northern Iowa Movement & Exercise Science 3.67
20 Kacie Klem Sr. Indiana State Psychology 3.99




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