HU’s Stoffel earns NAIA women’s XC scholar-athlete of year accolade


Hannah Stoffel

Huntington University junior Hannah Stoffel was named scholar athlete of the year for NAIA women’s cross country by the United States track & field Cross Country Coaches Association.

Stoffel, the 2019 NAIA women’s cross country champion, carries a 3.948 grade point average.

Stoffel and her teammates who competed at nationals were also tabbed an all-academic team by having a cumulative GPA of 3.75. That was the fourth-highest GPA of the 52 teams to receive the honor.

Individually, all seven of the HU harriers earned all-academic badges as well. Te be selected for this distinction, student athletes must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and qualify for the national championship meet.

HU athletes in addition to Stoffel receiving the honor included Isabel Hunter, Erin Manchess, Mara McFarland, Molly Mitchell, Saige Norris and Olivia Von Gunten.

On the men’s side, the Foresters were among 44 teams deemed to be an all-academic team. The seven runners collectively claimed a team GPA of 3.31, well above the minimum 3.0 standard need for the honor.

Four individuals on Coach Nick Johnson’s crew also received all-academic honors. They were Nick Childs, Aaron Hendryx, Mathew Hyter and Kent Yoder.