Dordt College News

Dordt Pair Earn Scholar-Athlete Accolades

November 19, 2012

(Monday, November 19; Sioux Center, Iowa)  Hannah Orlow (Junior; Jordan, Minnesota) and Merissa Harkema (Senior; Hudsonville, Michigan) have each earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors for the recently completed 2012 season.

Orlow, an engineering major, earns the honor for the first time while Harkema, a double major in exercise science and psychology, earns the honor for the third time in her career.  Harkema, an all-GPAC honoree, earned Scholar-Athlete honors last year in cross country and track and field and she ran at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships last weekend where she finished 50th for the 9th place finishing Defenders.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 317 women's cross country student-athletes have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Spring Arbor (Mich.) leads all institutions with 12 individuals on the list.

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 a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

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