(Posted December 8, 2000)

A total of 17 student-athletes from the Juniata College fall sports teams were honored by being named to the Middle Atlantic Corporation All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.40 cumulative grade-point average and be a key player for his/her squad.

For the women?s cross country squad, sophomores Tasia Kavalek (Upper Moreland/Hatboro) and Michele Palmer (Littlestown/Littlestown), along with seniors Laura Carothers (Altoona/Altoona) and Wossie Mazengia (Elizabethtown/Elizabethtown) were recognized. Kavalek is a secondary education major with a grade-point average of 3.73. Her best time this fall came during the Gettysburg Invitational, where she finished in 20:52.56. Palmer?s best time of 19:51.98 also came at the Gettysburg Invitational. She currently holds a 3.71 GPA, as an elementary education student. Carothers, a pre-law/politics student, holds a 3.78 GPA. Her best time for the season was during the MAC Championship competition (23:23.99). Mazengia is an international politics major with a grade-point average of 3.83. She recorded her best time of 21:31.90 during the NCAA Mid-East Regional during the final weekend of the year. For the men, senior David Wilcox (Ewing/Ewing, NJ) received the honor. He had his personal-best effort of 30:07.5 during the NCAA Mid-East Regional. Wilcox, a spanish major, holds a 3.40 GPA.

On the field hockey field, honors were given to senior back Jeanean Chiusano (Freehold/Freehold, NJ). Chiusano started in all 19 outings for the Eagles and recorded three defensive saves. She has earned a 3.49 GPA as an elementary education/special education major.

Four members of the Eagle football squad were recognized. Kyle Eckenroad (Hamburg/Hamburg), a sophomore offensive linemen, is a chemistry student with a 3.51 GPA. Ray Ghaner (State College/Port Matilda), a senior offensive guard, was also honored for his 3.44 GPA in psychology. Senior guard Colin Gillen (ELCO/Newmanstown) played in nine outings this fall. As a math and secondary education major, Gillen holds a 3.48 GPA. The trio helped Juniata?s offense rank second in the MAC in passing yards per game (269.1) and fifth in the conference in total offensive yards an outing (347.6) this fall. Ghaner started all 40 games that the Eagles played during his tenure, while Gillen was a two-year started. Junior wide receiver Andy Radomsky (West Branch/Morrisdale) caught 28 passes for 405 yards and one touchdown during the 2000 season. He is a history major with an impressive 3.87 GPA. Ghaner, Gillen and Radomsky are all second-time honorees.

On the soccer field, one lone athlete was named to the honor roll. Sophomore Matt Wolfe (Quakertown/Quakertown) started in 10 games and played in all 18 outings for the Eagles. Wolfe registered one goal and one assist during his second year with the program. He is an English major with a 3.40 GPA.

For the women?s tennis team sophomore Ann Shetter (Chambersburg/Chambersburg) and seniors Addie Muth (Kutztown/Kempton) and Melanie Simmons (Wheeler/N. Stonington, CT) were recognized. Shetter ended the season with a 5-6 overall record for the fall. She is a secondary education student with a focus in German and Russian, and holds a 3.81 GPA. Muth, a history major, owns a 3.44 grade point average. Simmons is an elementary education major and boasts a 3.53 GPA. Simmons ended the season with a 3-4 overall record.

Finally, for the women?s volleyball team, junior outside hitter Brandy Workinger (Dallastown/Dallastown), sophomore setter Jesse Woods (Bothell/Seattle, WA), and sophomore outside hitter Lory Baker (McConnellsburg/McConnellsburg) were honored. Workinger has been honored for two straight years. She led the Eagles in kills with a school-record 739 and digs (689) and is an accounting major with a 3.43 GPA. Woods recorded 1,628 assists this fall. She holds a 3.42 GPA as an art history/museum studies major. As a duo, Workinger and Woods were tabbed as AVCA Mid-Atlantic all-region members and Commonwealth Conference first-team all-stars during the season. In addition, Workinger was a first-team AVCA all-American, while Woods was a second-team all-American. Baker is an elementary education and business communications major holding a grade-point average of 3.40.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.