CHARLOTTE - Nearly 58 percent of Gardner-Webb student-athletes concluded the 2015-2016 academic year to earn recognition on the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll, the league office announced Tuesday.
Gardner-Webb placed 211 of its 365 student-athletes on the prestigious list, including 17 athletes who carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the year. The Runnin' Bulldogs ranked eighth in the conference with 57.81 percent of their student-athletes earning Presidential Honor Roll recognition.
As a conference, 1,903 of the Big South's 3,459 student-athletes (55.02 percent) were named Presidential Honor Roll scholars. Each of the Big South's 19 sponsored sports featured at least one student-athlete with a perfect 4.0 GPA, accounting for 138 athletes in all.
High Point set the bar for all Big South institutions for the second straight year with 74.37 percent of its 238 student-athletes earning a spot on the Presidential Honor Roll. UNC Asheville was second with 69.10 percent of its 178 student-athletes on the list, followed by Winthrop with 61.11 percent of its 270 athletes. Radford eclipsed 60 percent for the second time in four years with 60.73 percent of its 247 student-athletes.
"The Big South Conference has always taken a lot of pride in the academic accomplishments of its student-athletes," said Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander. "To have more than half of all student-athletes make the Presidential Honor Roll for the second consecutive year is a reflection of the outstanding individuals in the conference and their priorities, as well as our athletic departments' commitment to providing support and resources to academic services. We are all extremely proud of the achievements of these fine young men and women."
Gardner-Webb's 17 student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA include: Patrick Graham (baseball), Eric Jones (baseball), Jacob Walker (baseball), Clement Kurniawan (men's golf), Sarah Bertram (women's golf), Hunter Frey (men's soccer), Jessica Ferguson (women's soccer), Victoria James (women's soccer), Jill Blank (softball), Emma Megal (softball), Laine Parker (women's tennis), Sarah Rieckmann (women's tennis), Keaton Poole (men's track & field/cross country), Gabrielle Cortese (women's track & field/cross country), Amy Turlington (women's track & field/cross country), Anna Pashkova (volleyball) and Amanda Sahm (volleyball).