The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s track & field programs had 10 student-athletes receive recognition on Wednesday as College Sports Communicators (CSC, formerly known as CoSIDA) released its academic all-district selections for the 2022-23 season.
The following men’s track & field student-athletes were recognized – junior distance runner Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage), fifth-year senior distance runner Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy), senior distance runner Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern), junior thrower Tommy Palmer (Saco, Maine / Phillips Exeter Academy) and senior distance runner William Neupert (Beloit, Wis. / Turner).
In addition, five women’s student-athletes received the honor – junior distance runner Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland), junior thrower Lena Luebbering (Heyworth, Ill. / Heyworth), junior distance runner Ellie Roeglin (Delafield, Wis. / Lake County Lutheran), junior distance runner Joely Overstreet (Genoa, Ill. / Genoa-Kingston) and junior thrower Tori Gerhardt (Westville, Ind. / Chesterton).
Veloz Bonilla, who finished his undergraduate degree in civil engineering with a 3.55 cumulative grade point average, owns a 3.90 GPA toward his master’s in business administration. He was also a member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team. Palmer, who possesses a 3.72 GPA in finance, was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team for the second straight season.
Neupert boasts a 3.72 GPA in mechanical engineering, while Ehm has a 3.96 in environmental engineering and Carothers – a former MVC Elite 17 Award Winner – a 3.93 in meteorology.
On the women’s side, Luebbering holds a 3.96 in elementary education, while Aurand possesses a 3.93 in political science and Roeglin a 3.91 in psychology. Overstreet (3.80, civil engineering) and Gerhardt (3.67, exercise science) round out the quintet of Valpo women who were recognized.
All 10 meet CSC academic all-district standards by virtue of having a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. To qualify for the honor, individuals also must have participated in over 50 percent of their team’s competitions, have reached at least sophomore academic status and must have been at their institution for at least one calendar year. The 10 Beacons will advance to the CSC Academic All-America ballot.