January 20, 2015
MORROW, Ga. – Many institution’s student-athletes achieve success on the fields and courts but not always in the classroom. That is clearly not an issue for Clayton State Athletics as more than half of the Department’s 122 student-athletes, representing all 12 sports, earned at least a 3.0 GPA following the 2014 Fall Semester.
“I am excited by the fine academic performance by so many of our student athletes,” said Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. “Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) commits programs and its participants for a ‘life in the balance’. This is a commitment to athletic success, academic excellence, and service that prepare student-athletes for a full life after an end to eligibility. And the success of our students both in competition, in the community, and here in the classroom provides great evidence of our student’s work in this area.”
A total of 63 student-athletes, better than 51-percent, reached a 3.0 GPA and will be honored as part of the Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Night at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Montevallo on February 11. These individuals will also be recognized at the Student-Athlete Academic Success Breakfast hosted by Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes on Friday, February 13.
Overall, Laker Athletics posted a cumulative GPA of 2.87 with the six women’s programs finishing at 2.97 and the six men’s teams at 2.77. Leading the way among the teams were women’s tennis at 3.33, women’s track & field/cross country at 3.06 and men’s soccer with a mark of 3.03.
Individually, men’s soccer produced 15 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better and was followed by women’s cross country/track (10), women’s soccer (9) and men’s cross country/track (9), women’s basketball (7), men’s basketball (5), men’s golf (4) and women’s tennis (4).
“We challenged our student-athletes by creating a more extensive study hall program this semester and they responded in a big-time way,” said Clayton State Director of Athletics Tim Duncan. “I am extremely proud of the collaborative efforts of our coaches and staff, Enrollment Management, Academic Affairs and - most importantly - our student-athletes. This is a great start for what we think will become a strength of Laker Athletics!”
In addition to these individuals’ accomplishments, Clayton State also celebrated the fall graduations of 10 student-athletes, including Zach Bradley (men’s basketball), Alexandria Brockington (women’s basketball), Bena Hanyard (women’s basketball), Shacamra Jackson (women’s basketball), Kendra Wilson (cross country), Samantha Walling (cross country/track), Monique Belmudes (cross country/track), Charles Anderson (cross country/track), Wesley Manyak (men’s soccer) and Alhagi Toure (men’s soccer).
Clayton State Student-Athletes With 3.0 GPA Or Better
Men’s Basketball (5)
Women’s Basketball (7)
Ashley Cunningham* (also Women’s Track & Field)
Kayla Pryce* (also Women’s Track & Field)
Shay Upshaw* (also Women’s Track & Field)
Men’s Cross Country/Track (9)
Women’s Cross Country/Track (10)
Maia Kuhnen* (also Women’s Soccer)
Men’s Golf (4)
Men’s Soccer (15)
Nikola Gazibara* (also Men’s Track & Field)
Aleksi Tuominen* (also Men’s Track & Field)
Women’s Soccer (9)
Maria Marti Bartis
Women’s Tennis (4)
Darina Drozdova* (also Women’s Cross Country)
*Indicates Also Competes in Additional Sport