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Women’s track and field student-athletes receive academic honors

The NDSU women’s track and field team claimed five of the 15 spots on The Summit League’s Academic All-League team for the 2020 indoor season. The team was announced March 25.

Bison seniors Shelby Gunnells and Paige Harris, and juniors Kelby Anderson, Alyssa Lind and Amy Herrington all earned the honor by virtue of their athletic and academic achievements.

Gunnells, from Solon, Iowa, has a 4.0 cumulative GPA as a geology major. She was named the 2020 Summit League Championships Field MVP, winning the conference title in the shot put and taking third place in the weight throw. Gunnells was an NCAA Indoor Championships qualifier in the shot put, ranked eighth in the NCAA.

Harris, from Plentywood, Montana, ran on NDSU’s Summit League champion 1,600 relay, as well as placing fourth in the 400-meter dash at the conference meet. She owns a 4.0 GPA as a biological sciences major.

Anderson, from Bismarck, North Dakota, is a nursing major with a 3.83 cumulative GPA. She won Summit League titles in the mile, 3000 and 5000 runs, and earned Most Outstanding Performer honors.

Lind, from Bloomington, Minnesota, anchored the Bison 1,600 relay and earned a runner-up finish in the 400. She is a human development and family science major with a 3.95 GPA.

Herrington, from Henley-on-Thames, England, owns a 3.84 cumulative GPA as an exercise science major. She was the Summit League runner-up in the weight throw, and ranked 45th in the NCAA in the event for the season.

To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30, completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team’s competitions. The award is voted on by the institutions’ faculty athletic representatives and sports information directors.

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