May 31, 2012
Champaign, Ill. -
Fifty-one University of Illinois student-athletes earned spring Academic All-Big Ten honors, the conference office announced Thursday. The list includes Illini baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track and field student-athletes who are in at least their second academic year at Illinois and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better.
The 51 Academic All-Big Ten honorees is the most in any season for Illinois in 2011-12 and brings the Illini's total Academic All-Big Ten selections to 141 (fall - 44; winter - 47; spring - 50). Sixteen Illini men's track and field student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, along with 10 women's track and field student-athletes, nine baseball players, six softball players, three each from men's golf, women's golf and women's tennis, and one from men's tennis.
Among Illinois' honorees were Big Ten Medal of Honor winner, Big Ten men's golf Player of the Year and two-time medalist at the Big Ten Championships Luke Guthrie; first-team All-Big Ten outfielder Willie Argo; second-team NFCA All-Midwest Region and second-team All-Big Ten pitcher Pepper Gay; two-time outdoor track and field second-team All-Big Ten selection Jesica Ejesieme; and indoor track and field second-team All-Big Ten honoree Cody Wisslead.
The conference office also will present the Distinguished Scholar Award in July. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second year at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program.
The complete listing of Illinois' 2012 spring sports Academic All-Big Ten honorees is below.
University of Illinois Spring 2012 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees
Willie Argo Sr. Sport Management Davenport, Iowa
Bill Charvat Sr. Mechanical Engineering Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Brian de la Torriente Sr. Sport Management St. Charles, Ill.
Davis Hendrickson Jr. Business Management Macomb, Ill.
Kevin Johnson Jr. Community Health Midlothian, Ill.
Alex Lincoln Jr. Electrical Engineering Naperville, Ill.
Kelly Norris-Jones So. Sport Management Victoria, B.C.
Justin Parr Jr. Communication Chillicothe, Ill.
Reid Roper So. Undeclared Harrisburg, Ill.
Stephanie Cuevas Jr. Community Health Sylmar, Calif.
Jessica Davis Sr. Kinesiology Zephyrhills, Fla.
Pepper Gay Jr. Community Health Avondale Estates, Ga.
Meredith Hackett Sr. Elementary Education/Math Corona, Calif.
Jenna Mychko So. Kinesiology Union, Ill.
Kelley Wedel Sr. Kinesiology Anaheim, Calif.
Ross Frankenberg Jr. Business Process Management Barrington, Ill.
Luke Guthrie Sr. Business Management Quincy, Ill.
Mason Jacobs Sr. Sport Management Metropolis, Ill.
Katelin Dilger Sr. Marketing Palmdale, Calif.
Hailey Koschmann Sr. Advertising Lake Forest, Ill.
Nora Lucas Sr. Rhetoric & History Glenview, Ill.
Bruno Abdelnour Jr. Mechanical Engineering Aleppo, Syria
Chelcie Abajian Sr. Sport Management Commack, N.Y.
Amy Allin Sr. Advertising Dallas, Texas
Breanne Smutko Jr. General Engineering Alpharetta, Ga.
MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Alex Baldwin Sr. Mechanical Engineering Chesterfield, Mo.
Matthew Bane So. Undeclared Rochester, Ill.
Nathan Bohne Jr. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Palos Heights, Ill.
Chris DeSilva Jr. Civil Engineering St. Charles, Ill.
Kyle Engnell Jr. Civil Engineering Homer Glen, Ill.
Graham Farnsworth Sr. English Wheaton, Ill.
Davis Fraker So. Kinesiology Peachtree City, Ga.
Nic Haab Sr. History Rockton, Ill.
Joshua Hodur Jr. Accountancy Burbank, Ill.
Dan Kremske Sr. Molecular and Cellular Biology Woodstock, Ill.
Hunter Mickow Sr. Accountancy Princeton, Ill.
Steve Monte Jr. Chemical Engineering Lockport, Ill.
Phil Pompei Jr. Broadcast Journalism Los Altos, Calif.
Cody Wisslead Sr. Farm Management Sciota, Ill.
Zebo Zebe So. Kinesiology Tolono, Ill.
Josh Zinzer Jr. Statistics Aurora, Ill.
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Madeline Aufmann Jr. Media and Cinema Studies Cary, Ill.
Amanda Duvendack So. Kinesiology Metamora, Ill.
Elizabeth Eitzen So. Chemistry Orland Park, Ill.
Jesica Ejesieme So. Integrative Biology Rowlett, Texas
Marissa Golliday Jr. Advertising Oak Lawn, Ill.
Ashley Kelly Sr. Sport Management Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Kristin Morrison Jr. Kinesiology Bolingbrook, Ill.
Katie Porada So. Pre-Early/Elementary/Special Education Clarendon Hills, Ill.
Kayla Smith Jr. Community Health Portland, Ore.
Courtney Yaeger Jr. Individual Plan Of Study Wheeling, W.Va.