December 04, 2015

Wenger Named NAIA Academic All-American

Austin WengerCongratulations go out to Bobcat cross country runner Austin Wenger, who was recently named as a recipient of the 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Award.  Only 210 awards in men's cross country were made across the nation.

Wenger is a senior, who is majoring in Physical Education K-12, with the goal of becoming a teacher and coach.  As a two-year member of the men's cross country team, which recently returned to the College's athletic program in 2014, Wenger has played a leadership role on the team.  His work ethic and ability to manage a busy schedule has set a good example for his teammates.  The Bobcats achieved a second-place finish in the A.I.I. conference this season.

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.  This is a significant accomplishment for any athlete, but particularly so for College of the Ozarks' athletes, who also are required to work 15 hours per week at an on-campus job in addition to their classroom and sport responsibilities.