Seven Butler Athletes Named To Fall Academic All-Horizon League Teams

Dec. 6, 2007

Indianapolis, Ind. - Seven Butler University student-athletes have been recognized for their outstanding athletic and academic achievements as members of the 2007 Fall Academic All-Horizon League teams. Four cross country runners, two women's soccer players and a volleyball player were included on the squads, which were announced by the league office on Thursday (Dec. 6).

Four of the Butler representatives received the academic all-league distinction for the second time in their careers, while all seven Bulldog honorees carry at least a 3.7 cumulative grade point average.

Senior Genni Gardner and graduate student Claire Holme were both named to the seven-member Academic All-Horizon League Women's Cross Country Team.

Gardner (Bramley, U.K.), a two-time academic all-league team member, qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing ninth in the Great Lakes Regional with a 6,000 meter time of 21:15.18. In the classroom, she boasts a 3.942 GPA as speech and language pathology major.

Holme (Stowmarket, U.K) finished third in the 2007 Horizon League Championship, running the trip in a swift 18:13. The effective education major touts a 4.00 GPA, the highest mark of the seven Butler athletes.

The Academic All-Horizon League Men's Cross Country Team also featured a pair of Bulldogs, with graduate student Sam Jacobs and senior Kent Wories earning nods.

Jacobs (Birmingham, U.K.) finished as the runner-up in the Horizon League Championship with a time of 26.03. He boasts a 3.721 GPA as an English major.

Wories (Edwardsville, Ill.), a two-time academic team member, placed third in the 2007 league championship with a run of 26.16. The finance major touts a 3.965 cumulative GPA.

A pair of Butler women's soccer players were tabbed to the 11-player academic all-league squad. Sophomore Morgan Cox and junior Angie Muir, who were both named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team earlier this fall, made the squad from the Bulldogs.

Cox (Rolling Prairie, Ind.) played in the backfield in all of Butler's games in 2007 and was a major factor in the team's 1.27 goals allowed average. She holds a 3.97 cumulative GPA as a chemistry major.

Muir (Carmel, Ind.), a two-time member of the academic team, led the team and ranked third in the Horizon League with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. The secondary education and math major touts a 3.81 GPA.

Junior defensive specialist Nina Inic was the Butler representative on the academic all-league volleyball team.

Inic (Belgrade, Serbia), a two-time member of the academic all-league squad, paced the Bulldogs in digs for the second-straight year while ranking sixth in the league with 4.44 per game. An economics major, she boasts a 3.876 cumulative GPA.

A total of 48 student-athletes from five sports were honored after voting by the league's faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.