WVU roundup: Big 12 honors track star Cashin for academics

MORGANTOWN — For the second consecutive year, redshirt senior Amy Cashin, of the WVU track and field team, was named the Big 12 women’s track and field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference said.

Cashin is the league’s first back-to-back recipient of the award for women’s track. She’s also one of two Mountaineers athletes to receive the honor in track, along with Kelly Williams (2016).

Cashin, from of Werribee, Victoria, Australia, maintained a 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise psychology with a double minor in psychology and athletic coaching in 2017.

A three-time member of the women’s track academic all-Big 12 first team, Cashin earned WVU’s most prestigious student honor, the Order of Augusta Award, in 2017.

On June 7, Cashin placed 13th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor championships.

ROWING

Five Mountaineers received the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete Award.

Senior Jacqueline Spiropoulos (sociology and anthropology), juniors Carly Ledbetter (graphic design), Kaitlin Sullivan (nursing) and Elizabeth Young (history), and sophomore Lize Morris (nursing) were honored.

“Congratulations to our three captains and their teammates who have been recognized as Scholar-Athletes,” coach Jimmy King said. “The time and effort that these students put into their sport is surpassed only by what they put into their academics. I commend and thank each of them for their contributions to our team.”

To earn CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better and have participated in at least 75 percent of the team’s scheduled competitions. Eligibility also is limited to student-athletes in their sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

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