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Bulldogs earn awards for athletic and academic achievements

Men’s Soccer

The Drake men’s soccer squad garnered four first team Capital One Academic All-America All-District VI selections last Friday.

Redshirt senior midfielder Matt Kuhn, senior forward Hunter Kennedy, sophomore defender Nick Marshall and senior forward Thomas Ostrander earned the awards. All four Bulldogs are still eligible to receive national academic all-American laurels.

Kuhn, Kennedy and Ostrander earned first-team district selection for the second time in their careers, while Marshall received the award for the first time in his Drake career.

In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or an important reserve and must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. Nominated athletes must have played in at least half of the team’s games at his listed position.

No team in the Missouri Valley Conference earned more selections than Drake.

Matt Kuhn: GPA: 4.00 (Major: accounting, currently pursuing his master’s in business administration in accounting.)
Hunter Kennedy: GPA: 3.51 (Major: health sciences)
Thomas Ostrander: undergraduate GPA: 3.56; graduate GPA: 4.00 (Major: accounting, currently pursuing his MBA in accounting.)
Nick Marshall: GPA: 4.00 (Major: health sciences)

Women’s Soccer

Four members of the Drake women’s soccer squad earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors last Thursday.

Sophomore defender Megan Fisher was honored as a first-team All-MVC selection for the first time in her career. Last season, she was named to the All-Freshman MVC squad.

Junior midfielder Laura Moklestad and sophomore goalkeeper Kalena Litch earned second-team All-MVC selections.

Last season, Moklestad was named to the first-team All-MVC squad, and she had also been named to the All-Freshman MVC squad in 2009.

Litch earned All-MVC honors for the first time after her terrific campaign. Litch recorded a single-season school record for saves with 132. She also owned 1.34 goals against per game average and posted two shutouts.

Freshman defender Tori Flynn was honored as an All-Freshman MVC squad selection.

The Bulldogs also earned the MVC Fair Play award for receiving the fewest cards during league play. Drake shared the award with Illinois State.

Men’s Cross Country

Sophomore Brogan Austin was named the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, along with Creighton’s Megan Bober, last Wednesday.

It’s been a week full of awards for Austin. On Oct. 30, Austin claimed the State Farm MVC Cross Country Championship individual title with a time of 25 minutes, 15:0 seconds in the 8,000-meter course. He became the first Bulldog since Bobby Anderson in 2004 to win the title.

Last Tuesday, Austin was also named to the MVC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete team.

To qualify for the Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, must have completed at least one academic year at an MVC institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Athletes’ athletic performances are also taken into account for the one-week period.

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