Continuing to set the standard of excellence, the Loras College women’s track and field team celebrated a program-best 13 student-athletes named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team in addition to the team bringing home the 2021 NCAA Division III Track and Field Scholar Team honor for the second time in program history with a 3.4 team GPA.
To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must hold a 3.30 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale and have met at least one of the following criteria: finished the indoor season among the top-50 individuals on the descending order list or competed at the indoor or outdoor national championship or competed on a top-35 relay team or a relay at either the indoor or outdoor national championship. The team award requires programs hold a 3.1 GPA or better.
Elayna Bahl (’22), a finance and accounting major from Epworth, Iowa, Stevie Lambe (’22), an elementary education major from Dubuque, Kaylee Osterberger (’22), a junior accounting and finance major from Dubuque, and Kassie Rosembum (’22), a junior kinesiology and psychology major from Guttenberg, Iowa, all earned their third career academic awards. Bahl was the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) champion outdoors in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles, helping her earn the conference’s Most Valuable Track Performer honor. She is a six-time All-American, adding two more this past outdoor season in the 400-meter hurdles and 4-by-400-meter relay. She was also honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner and holds four top-ten marks for the Duhawks.
Lambe added two more All-America awards at the outdoor championship on the 4-by-400 and national champion 4-by-100-meter relays to bring her career total to five. She is also a five-time All-Region and four-time All-Conference performer in addition to her recent nod as a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. Osterberger was a key contributor to the Duhawks’ mid-distance events as an All-Region selection indoors in the distance medley relay that earned All-Conference and took third at the DIII Elite Championship during the indoor season. She also ranks tenth all-time in the 1,500-meter run outdoors.
Rosenbum also collected two more All-America honors at the outdoor championship as the runner-up in the 10,000-meter run and finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run. She holds the program’s records indoors in the mile (4:58.50), 3,000-meter run (9:44.14) and 5,000-meter run (16:50.82) as well as the 3,000 (9:57.10), 5,000 (16:45.82) and 10,000-meter (34:19.16) runs outdoors. Rosenbum was a CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner, adding to her resume which also includes five All-America awards, a national champion title in the 10,000-meter outdoors, five conference titles and the 2019 A-R-C Track Most Valuable Performer honor.
Earning their second career All-Academic awards are Marion Edwards (’23) and Alyssa Pfadenhauer (’24). Edwards, a media studies major from Chicago, Ill., anchored the Duhawks’ 4-by-100-meter relay that won the national title and claimed All-America honors in the 100-meter dash and 4-by-400-meter run. She was the A-R-C Champion in the 200-meter dash outdoors in 2021 and added a CoSIDA Academic All-District honor to her seven All-Conference and All-Region accolades. Pfadenhauer also ran on both relays at the national championship as well as finishing second in the 400-meter run in her outdoor national championship debut. She was the 400-meter champion at both the indoor and outdoor conference championship and won the DIII Elite Championship, held in lieu of the NCAA Division III National Championship, in the event. She owns four All-America honors and three All-Region awards.
The Duhawks had seven student-athletes earn their first career awards in first-year student athletes Taylor Flaig (’24), Kelly Kohlhof (’24), Merryl Green (’24) and Sarah Hoskins (’24), junior Brianna Renner (’22), and seniors Courtney Schnoor (’21) and Bailey Vance (’21). Flaig, a social work major from Tripoli, Iowa, ranked 44th on the descending order list indoors in the weight throw, tossing 15.14 meters. Kohlhof, a secondary education major from Lincoln, Neb., made her national championship debut in the 4-by-100-meter relay outdoors as well as Green, a kinesiology major from Iowa City, Iowa who qualified with the 4-by-400-meter relay. Green also helped the Duhawks’ indoor distance medley relay earn All-Conference honors and helped the 4-by-400-meter relay to a second-place finish at the DIII Elite Championship.
Hoskins, an engineering major from Bettendorf, Iowa, was an All-Region honoree indoors in the high jump while Renner, a biochemistry major from West Bend, Wis., earned All-Region in the 3,000-meter steeplechase outdoors after setting the school record this past season. Schnoor, an education major from Camanche, Iowa, was an All-Conference performer in the shot put indoors, placing third and holds top-ten marks outdoors in the shot put and javelin as well as the shot put indoors. Vance, an elementary education major from Dubuque, ranked 25th nationally indoors in the 60-meter hurdles and 46th outdoors in the 100-meter hurdles. She also ranks top-ten in program history indoors in the 55 and 60-meter hurdles.
The Duhawks have claimed the USTFCCCA Team All-Academic Award each year since it’s inception and have consistently had multiple student-athletes garner individual recognition.