Thirteen Harriers Honored as MWC Scholar-Athletes

Thirteen athletes from the BYU men's and women's cross country teams were honored as MWC Scholar-Athletes (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Thirteen athletes from the BYU men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized as 2009-10 Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete honorees.

The women led with eight honorees, while the men’s team had five. BYU had 108 MWC Scholar-Athletes, trailing only New Mexico with 116.

Senior Sarah Frey, majoring in dietetics, earned her fourth honor, while seniors Jonathan Kotter, a law student, and Ryan Merriman, a political science major, each earned a third honor.

A total of 548 student-athletes were honored through out the conference, including 42 individuals who have achieved a 4.00 or higher cumulative grade point average over two or more terms, and 60 student-athletes who were recognized in multiple sports.

The MWC Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in an NCAA-sponsored sport.


Men's Cross Country

Name Year GPA Major

Bahr, Alden Senior 3.85 Spanish

Kotter, Jonathan Senior 3.84 Law (Master's Program)

Merriman, Ryan Senior 3.69 Political Science

Nelson, Jonathan Sophomore 3.94 Applied Statistics and Analytics

Ogden, Nathan Senior 3.73 Tax

Women's Cross Country

Name Year GPA Major

Andrews, Katy Junior 3.52 Exercise and Wellness

Cox, Katie Junior 3.58 Civil Engineering

Eddy, Candace Sophomore 3.55 Special Education Premajor

Edwards, Sarah Junior 3.85 Elementary Education Premajor

Frey, Sarah Senior 3.66 Dietetics

Nielsen, Nicole Sophomore 3.92 Music Premajor Program

Thomas, Ashley Sophomore 3.69 Statistical Science

Yingling, Sarah Junior 3.53 Exercise and Wellness