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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sixty Purdue student-athletes were honored with Academic All-Big Ten acclaim this spring.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sixty Purdue student-athletes were honored with Academic All-Big Ten acclaim this spring.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

May 29, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sixty Purdue student-athletes received Academic All-Big Ten honors for the spring athletic season, as announced today by the conference office on Friday. The honorees came from eight sports: baseball, men's golf, men's tennis, men's track and field, softball, women's golf, women's tennis and women's track and field.

The Boilermaker women's track and field team led the way with 22 honorees, while baseball, softball and men's track and field boasted nine honorees, men's golf had four, men's tennis and women's golf each had three and women's tennis added one.

Maria Hernandez, the NCAA Women's Golf Individual Champion and PING National Player of the Year, headlines the group. Five of the Boilermaker track and field honorees are reigning Big Ten Outdoor Champions: Ben Harpenau (hammer), Josh Hembrough (110 Hurdles), Eric Sparks (pole vault), Kara Patterson (javelin) and Stacey Wannemacher (hammer). The women's golf team is fresh off a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the softball team earned its second straight NCAA Regional berth, advancing to the regional championship game.

A total of 1,043 student-athletes were honored for their work in the classroom this spring. The student-athletes met the criteria of being at least a second-year student and carrying a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Purdue Honorees

Baseball Barret Arthur, Jr. Kevin Cahill, Jr. Eric Charles, So. Kyle Cook, So. Alex Jaffee, Sr. Eric Nielsen, Sr. Nick Overmyer, Jr. Connor Sestak, Jr. Drew Wurdack, Jr.

Men's Golf David Gersztein, So. Erich Johnston, So. Tom Oliver, Sr. Nakarintra Ratanakul, So.

Men's Tennis Paul Foley, Jr. Griff Nienberg, Sr. P.J. Rose, Sr.

Men's Track & Field Stephen Bach, Sr. Ben Harpenau, Gr. Josh Hembrough, So. Chris Kirkwood, Sr. Lance Moe, Jr. Ben Pax, Sr. Bryce Simon, Sr. Eric Sparks, Sr. Steven Swank, Sr.

Softball Jenna Alexander, Jr. Liz Allum, Sr. Candace Curtis, Sr. Liane Horiuchi, Sr. Shelby Krammer, So. Kelly Miller, Sr. Katie Mitchell, Sr. Alicia Spack, Sr. Kaity Stratten, Jr.

Women's Golf Maria Hernandez, Sr. Thea Hoffmeister, So. Carolyn Mess, Sr.

Women's Tennis Tatiana Ganzha, Sr.

Women's Track and Field Dana Bolden, Sr. Emily Breslin, So. Martina Buchholz, So. Maggie Daly, So. Danielle Eagan, Jr. Leah Eber, So. Nan Hammel, Jr. Ranay Harvey, Sr. Sarah Klaczynski, Jr. Kristina Krasich, So. Ashlee Lengacher, Jr. Lindsey McKnight, So. Katie Morrical, Jr. Brianna Neumann, Sr. Kara Patterson, Gr. Mallory Peck, Sr. Kristin Phillips, Jr. Leah Raffin, So. Lauren Scott, Sr. Rachel Stalzer, Jr. Jill Talhelm, So. Tara Turnbull, So.