Fall sports programs finish strong
December 09, 2009

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As the record books close on Fall 2009 athletics, Bryan athletes and coaches have much to show for their hard work and dedication to their respective sports.  Two prime examples can be found in recent announcements by the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

At the completion of conference play for all the fall sports, the AAC announced that Bryan College leads all AAC member schools for the Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy.

The AAC established the Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy as a way of recognizing member institutions with the most successful all-around sports program for the year. So far, member institutions have been awarded points for how their teams finished in all the fall sports programs. Points are awarded based on team place finish in the sport's regular season and conference championship tournaments and meets.

Bryan's first-place ranking is based on the following:

Team
Points
Season Finishes
Men's Cross Country  501st in the AAC Championship Meet*
Women's Cross Country  402nd in the AAC Championship Meet*
Men's Soccer  902nd in the Regular Season
1st in the AAC Championship Tournament
Women's Soccer  703rd in the Regular Season
2nd in the AAC Championship Tournament
Women's Volleyball  80Tied for 1st in the Regular Season
2nd in the AAC Championship Tournament
TOTAL330
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*AAC does not recognize a regular season winner in Cross Country as it does in other fall sports.

Director of Athletics Dr. Sandy Zensen is quick to point out that "Our student-athletes are not only performing at a high level on the field, the track, and the court, they are also doing the job in the classroom." 

The NAIA announced the student-athletes that have been named 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for the fall sports. Bryan College had 19 of their student-athletes receive this award. Nominated by their head coach, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have attained junior academic status to qualify.

Dr. Zensen commented, "These athletes are to be commended for their commitment to excellence, and we are proud of each one of their achievements."  

Daniel GoetzMen's Cross CountrySr.Chattanooga, TN
Bryson HarperMen's Cross CountryJr.Pikeville, TN
Michael SchroederMen's SoccerSr.Stone Mountain, GA
Dwight SellMen's SoccerSr.Hartwick, NY
Stephen RussellMen's SoccerSr.Stuarts Draft, VA
Joshua MaubachMen's SoccerSr.Hartsville, TN
Hayden LavoMen's SoccerSr.Lubbock, TX
Seth FloresMen's SoccerSr.Millington, TN
Matthew DeeMen's SoccerSr.Cordova, TN
Carrie CookWomen's SoccerSr.Jasper, TX
Jennifer McCueWomen's SoccerJr.Charlotte, NC
Kara NissleyWomen's SoccerJr.Alexandria, VA
Shelby RobinsonWomen's SoccerJr.Atlanta, GA
Stephanie WadeWomen's SoccerSr.St. Simons Island, GA
Elizabeth PetersWomen's SoccerSr.Sherwood, AR
Amanda MankeWomen's VolleyballSr.West Palm Beach, FL
Ashley SoursWomen's VolleyballJr.Lynhurst, VA
Lauren PrattWomen's VolleyballJr.Oak Ridge, TN
Jessica EtressWomen's VolleyballJr.Stockbridge, GA