VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday morning that Spring Hill College women's cross country placed five runners on the 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete roster.
Kate Imwalle, a senior from Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School who majors in Integrated Communications, will compete in her fourth consecutive NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championship on Saturday.
Ashley Derenbecker, a senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics, is a four-year runner for the Badgers and two-time Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic Team member.
Emily Stewart, a senior from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., majoring in Integrated Communications, is a two-year team co-captain of the Badgers in her four-year career on The Hill.
Alex Davis, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., majoring in Nursing, won a walk-on spot on this year's Badger roster.
Payton Tanner, a junior from Fairhope who is majoring in Integrated Communications with a minor in Marketing Management, is a two-time member of the SSAC All-Academic Team.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 132 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 296 women's cross country runners were named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.