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Seven Truman Squads Named All-Academic by GLVC
Indianapolis - The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) recognized 144 men's and women's teams Monday as recipients of the 2016-17 Team Academic All-GLVC Award. The GLVC recognizes each team from member institutions that have maintained a 3.30 grade point average for the academic year. The total of 144 honorees surpasses the previous conference record of 137 set last year.
For Truman State University, its seven squads recognized include softball (3.47), women's cross country (3.47), women's swimming & diving (3.47), women's track & field (3.44), women's soccer (3.40), men's soccer (3.33), and men's cross country (3.30).
The Drury University women's tennis program registered the conference's highest team GPA during the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.78. Tying for second was Bellarmine University women's tennis and McKendree University volleyball both with a 3.77 GPA, followed by Drury women's soccer in third at 3.75. The Panthers' men's tennis team finished in fourth at 3.74.
Continuing the record-breaking trend, the GLVC boasted a new league high with eight schools finishing with 10 or more teams at or above a 3.30, having set previous conference marks in 2016 (seven) and 2015 (five). Drury paced the league with 14 teams that met the standard, topping the previous conference best of 13 set by Lewis University last year. Lewis University and Maryville University followed with 13 teams each, while the University of Indianapolis, McKendree University and Rockhurst all had 11 teams. Additionally, Bellarmine and Saint Joseph's College were the only other schools to boast double-digit numbers with 10 teams earning the laurel from each school. 

 

Ward Makes Junior World Team, Schweizer Sets School Record at USATF Championships
Ward advances to Junior Pan American Championships, July 21-23 in Peru

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshman Ja’Mari Ward (Cahokia, Ill.) and junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) shined for Mizzou Track & Field at the USA Track & Field Championships on Friday as Ward made his second consecutive junior world team and Schweizer reset her 5,000m run school record. Ward’s win in the long jump punched his ticket to the World Championships, while Schweizer finished fourth in the 5K.

After fouls on his first two attempts, Ward jumpe 7.81m (25-7.5) with his third attempt to take the junior long jump title for a second straight season. Last year, fresh out of high school, Ward posted a mark of 7.84 (25-8.75) to win the title. With the win, Ward clinches his spot on the U.S. junior national team and is slated to compete in the Junior Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru, July 21-23.

In the 5,000m run, Schweizer shattered her previous school record with her fourth-place finish, crossing the finish line with a time of 15:18.69. The three-time national champion stayed near the top-five for the first 2,000m of the race, but then slipped down to seventh place in the middle of the race before again using her signature kick to surpass three runners on the last lap to grab fourth place, finishing just under five seconds behind the winner, Shelby Houlihan (Nike/Bowerman TC). Schweizer’s 5K time of 15:18.69 was a 20-second improvement from her time of 15:38.93, which she clocked on June 10 to capture the NCAA 5,000m outdoor title. If any of the top-three finishers choose to not compete at the World Championships, Schweizer would be an alternate on the national team.

Schweizer will now make the trek south to Los Angeles to attend the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show on Monday. The Tiger junior is one of 12 finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award and Honda Cup, which will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 8 pm (CT).

Three other Tigers or former Tigers competed at the meet, with redshirt sophomore Gabi Jacobs (Bloomington, Ill.) throwing in the senior discus, freshman Emily Stauffer (Reinholds, Pa.) competing in the junior shot put and former Tiger Tony Carodine jumping in the senior triple jump. Jacobs failed to place after fouling on each of her three attempts, while Stauffer finished 12th with a mark of 14.34m (47-0.75) and Carodine finished ninth with a jump of 16.01m (52-6.5).