FRISCO, Texas (Southland Conf.) - A total of 695 student-athletes have been named to the Southland Conference Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced Wednesday.
This year's list boasts four student-athletes of the year, five players of the year and a total of 132 student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the fall semester. The honor roll includes student-athletes who took part in men's and women's cross country, football, women's soccer and volleyball.
Central Arkansas led all Southland institutions with 112 honorees and with a total of 18 student-athletes who recorded a 4.0 GPA.
Leading the Bears to their second consecutive NCAA Division I football playoff berth was graduate student Seth Allison. Allison, who is working on his master's in business administration with a 3.0 GPA, helped the Southland Champion Bears to one of the league's top scoring defenses while earning all-conference honors at the linebacker position.
Jessica Hays, a graduate student on the volleyball team, helped the Sugar Bears to its first NCAA tournament appearance after winning the conference tournament. Hays, who posted a 4.0 while pursuing her master's in family and consumer science/nutrition, is a two-time first-team all-conference selection for the Sugar Bears.
The Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll acknowledges participants in all sports sponsored by the league and its member institutions.
The honor roll is released within 30 days at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters, recognizing student-athletes who maintained a minimum 3.00 GPA. Student-athletes, nominated by their respective academic advisors, must have been eligible to compete in a conference sport during the academic year in which the nomination occurs.