By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One member of the Stephens College cross country team was recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
For the second year in a row, runner Emily Mendoza-Fellers (a senior from Iowa City, Iowa) made the list. The announcement was made by the NAIA National Office on Monday following this weekend’s Cross Country National Championships.
Overall, 340 women’s cross country student-athletes were named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Indiana Wesleyan University led all programs with 10 individuals on the list.
Mendoza-Fellers carries an impressive 3.98 cumulative GPA as a double major in business and psychology. The Iowa City, Iowa, native is a three-time AMC Academic All-Conference honoree and has been a mainstay on the dean’s list with high honors.
Outside of cross country, Mendoza-Fellers has competed on the Stephens College tennis team and has been involved with several groups on campus, including Alpha Lambda Delta, Stephens CRU and Kappa Delta. She has also served as a Financial Aid peer counselor, student ambassador and tour guide.
Earlier in November, Mendoza-Fellers capped off her four-year cross country career with a 62nd-place finish at the AMC Cross Country Championships, finishing with a 5K time of 25:45.20.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status to qualify for the honor.
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