Six USD student-athletes named to Academic All-NCC Squads

Six USD student-athletes named to Academic All-NCC Squads
Six South Dakota track and field student-athletes were selected to the Academic All-North Central Conference teams announced by the league office.

South Dakota's Colte Haines of White Lake, was named to the 10-member men's Academic All-NCC team for the second straight year. Haines was joined on the honor squad by USD's Ben Walters of Lennox, and Matt Yaggie of Mission Hill. USD also had three female student-athletes named to the 11-member NCC Women's Academic All-NCC squad. They included Stacy Gould of Sioux Falls, and repeat selections Heidi Muellenberg of Redfield, and Mara McGill of Beresford.

Haines, a junior, has a 3.912 GPA in mathematics and computer science. Haines, who was redshirted during the outdoor season this spring, won the triple jump (45'10.75) and finished third in the long jump (22'04.50) at the 2007 NCC Indoor Championships as he helped USD to a team title. Haines was named to the 2007 NCC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll for Indoor Track and Field. A member of the SAAC at USD, he received a Coyote Character Award from USD's SAAC in 2007. He will do an internship at NASA in California in summer of 2007.


Yaggie, a junior, owns a 3.553 GPA in psychology. He was named to the NCC commissioner's indoor and outdoor track and field academic honor rolls in 2007. Yaggie, who was also on the NCC Commissioner's Cross Country Honor Roll, finished seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and sixth in the 10,000-meter run at the 2007 NCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He claimed third in the 5,000-meter run (15:13.88) at the NCC Indoor Track and Field Championships. He also was third in the 3,000-meter run at the NCC Indoor Championships, helping USD to a team title.

Walters, a sophomore, has a 3.407 GPA in biology. Named to the 2007 NCC commissioner's indoor and outdoor academic honor rolls, Walters won the men's shot put (50'05.50) and was third in the discus (146'0) at the 2007 NCC Outdoor Meet. He was second in the shot put at the 2007 NCC Indoor Meet, helping the Coyotes to the league crown. Walters finished in the top five in all three throwing events at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, including earning a title in the discus (150'09) at the Howard Wood Relays.

Gould, a junior, owns a 3.913 GPA in pre-physical therapy. Gould finished eighth in the heptathlon at the NCC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2007. She also claimed sixth in the pentathlon at the NCC Indoor Championships. Gould has been named to the NCC commissioner's indoor and outdoor track and field academic honor rolls in both 2006 and 2007.

At the NCC Honors Dinner, McGill was named the recipient of the NCC's Scholar-Athlete Award as the league's outstanding female student-athlete. She also received USD's Scholar Athlete of the Year earlier this month.

McGill, who graduated with a 4.0 grade point average in biology/pre-medicine and as a member of USD's honors program, plans to become a primary care physician and specialize in pediatrics or internal medicine. McGill has been one of the leaders of a South Dakota women's track and field squad that won two consecutive NCC triple crowns (titles in track and field and cross country in the same year) and won its fourth straight NCC outdoor crown two weeks ago in Duluth, MN.

A five-time national provisional qualifier, McGill was the 2006 NCC heptathlon champion. In 2007, she finished second in the NCC heptathlon and put together NCAA D-II provisional qualifying marks in the 100-meter hurdles and the heptathlon.

A recipient of the Mickelsen Scholarship, she has been inducted into the most prestigious undergraduate honor society in the U.S. – the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A year ago, she received the Nelson Shield Award from the USD College of Arts and Sciences as the junior with the highest GPA. In addition, she has made the dean's list every semester at USD. McGill was named to the 2006 and 2007 NCC commissioner's academic indoor and outdoor track and field honor rolls and selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII women's track and field/cross country second team in 2006 as well as the 2006 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic D-II squad.

Muellenberg, who graduated with a 3.829 GPA in psychology, was a seven-time All-American at USD. Muellenberg was selected to the NCC commissioner's academic indoor and outdoor track and field honor rolls in 2007. Named to the 2006 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic D-II squad, she was a member of both the 4×100 and 4x400M relay teams that set school and state of SD records and earned All-American honors at the outdoor nationals in 2006.

This spring, she led the Coyotes to top-six finishes in two relays at the 2007 Drake Relays. Muellenberg was a leader on USD's sprint squad that helped the Coyotes win its fourth straight NCC women's outdoor title this spring. She has served as the academic captain for track and field and served as president of the Pre-PA Club. Muellenberg, who was on the dean's list at USD in seven of eight semesters, has been accepted into USD's PA school. She has received USD's Catie Tobin Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award and also was awarded the Carl B. "Rube" Hoy Award for academic and athletic merit.

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