Morningside ranks among national leaders in Academic All-Americans

Jul 06, 2017 • Athletics

Sixty-nine Morningside College student-athletes have been named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans since 2010 to make Morningside one of the nation’s most prolific producers of Academic All-Americans from all levels of intercollegiate athletics.

The Mustangs’ 69 Academic All-Americans since 2010 is the fifth highest total in the nation behind only Massachusetts Institute of Technology (111), University of Alabama (75), Stanford University (72) and Washington University (71). The rest of the top 10 includes John Hopkins University (68), Emory University (67), Taylor University (63), Wingate University (62) and Nebraska Wesleyan University (60).

Morningside and Taylor are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The top 10 also includes five institutions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, two from the NCAA Division I and one from the NCAA Division II.

Twelve Morningside student-athletes received Academic All-America honors this past academic year. The Mustangs’ Academic All-Americans were Austin Anfinson and Chad Bertagni in football, Tim Erdmann and Paul Quildies in men’s soccer, Derik Bailey in wrestling, Alec DeVries, Jacob Green, Kyle Hiser and Jason Kenny in men’s track & field/cross country, Moriah Bohlmann in softball, Natasha Hongsermeier in women’s tennis and Michelle Mumm in women’s track & field/cross country.

Morningside has produced 82 Academic All-Americans since the CoSIDA Academic All-America program began in 1952. Morningside is the NAIA national leader with its 82 all-time Academic All-Americans, followed by Oklahoma City University with 70 and Taylor with 65. Morningside’s Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) rivals Northwestern College and Doane University are fourth and fifth with 56 and 52, respectively.

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