CLEVELAND -- Ten Ohio student-athletes have been honored by the Mid-American Conference with Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition for the 2018 fall semester, as announced by the league office on Dec. 21.
Representing the Bobcats were senior Josh Park (Amherst, Ohio; Exercise Physiology) of the men's cross country team, senior Alyssa Atkinson (Granville, Ohio; Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering Track) of the women's cross country team, senior forward Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas; Psychology) of the field hockey team, senior defender Rianna Reese (Liberty Township, Ohio; Psychology) of the soccer team, junior libero/defensive specialist Meredith Howe (Grand Rapids, Mich.; Nursing) of the volleyball team and redshirt senior defensive lineman Kent Berger (Mentor, Ohio; Finance), redshirt sophomore linebacker Dylan Conner (Fort Wayne, Ind.; Bios Pre-Professional), sophomore offensive lineman Brett Kitrell (Ashland, Neb.; Marketing), redshirt senior wide receiver Andrew Meyer (Canal Winchester, Ohio; Finance) and junior quarterback Nathan Rourke (Oakville, Ontario, Canada; Physical Activity & Sport Coaching) of the football team.
Reese was named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete for the third year in a row while Howe earned honors for the second-straight year.
The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is a fifth-year award given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season from the fall sports schedule, any student with a 3.20 grade point average and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport. Also, first-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.
From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions selected the 'best of the best' of the Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with a 3.50 GPA or higher with the Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award for the 2018-19 season. The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 20% of nominees, whichever was greater.
Later this winter and spring, the MAC will announce the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the remaining 16 winter and spring sports sponsored by the conference.