College of the Ozarks’ men’s Track and Field team members’ Loyal Carpenter and Michael Vogt have been named as recipients of the 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete award.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that 316 men's indoor & outdoor track & field student-athletes from across the country are being honored with this award. In order to be nominated, 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.
In 2016-2017, the College re-instated the Track & Field program following a 20+ year hiatus. The team did not recruit any outside athletes, but was comprised solely of students already enrolled at CofO. Carpenter, who is also a member of the Bobcats Cross Country team, participated in the mile and 5000M during the indoor season, while running the 1500M and 5000M in the outdoor season. Vogt ran the 800M during the outdoor season.
Beyond balancing time in the classroom, studying, practicing, traveling, and participating in their sport, all CofO athletes are required to work 15-hours per week at an on-campus job in order to offset their tuition. It is the mark of true dedication to academic and athletic success when CofO athletes achieve NAIA Scholar Athlete status.
Congrats, Loyal & Michael!