Student-Athletes/Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
July 12, 2019 – – Eight Lorain County Community College student-athletes earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Honors for the 2018-19 school year. In addition, the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs were nominated for Academic Team of the Year Honors.
Volleyball player Addysen Kerr (North Ridgeville) and Cross Country runner Gabrielle Post (Avon Lake) garnered First-Team recognition with perfect 4.0 GPAs.
The OCCAC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Cross Country runner Micah Swartz (Lakewood) heads up the Second-Team honorees, which is awarded to students with a 3.80-3.99 GPA. Teammates Justin Below (Lorain/Brookside) and Alexis Cozart (Elyria) were also honored as Second-Team honorees.
Third-Team honors (3.60-3.79 GPA) went to Cross Country runners Emily Biltz (Lorain/Brookside), Jacob Kelley (Amherst/Amherst Steele), and Nathaniel Stumph (North Olmsted).
Across the nation, only 28 programs earn Academic Team of the Year honors for the highest team GPA in their sport…one in each sport. Although they didn’t take the top spot, both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs earned a nomination and recognition for their overall team GPA’s. The Men carried a 3.46 overall GPA and the Women a 3.36 GPA.
LCCC Athletic Director, Katie Marquard, said “It takes a special dedication to accomplish this level of academic success while also competing in a collegiate sport; they are extremely focused individuals which will lead them to high achievements in their future. We are very proud of these student-athletes for their success in the classroom and congratulate them on their national academic honors.”