Alumna Kristina Kendrick and current student Ellie Staker were named to the Capital One College Division Academic All-America track-and-field/cross-country first team on Monday.
Kendrick graduated from Embry-Riddle in May with a 3.79 grade point average in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. She was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the third time in her career and was also a Daktronics-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete in 2014. She earned All-Sun Conference honors in four events at the 2014 TSC Championships and was a two-time All-American as part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.
One of the most accomplished student-athletes in Embry Riddle’s women’s cross-country and track-and-field history, Staker carries a 3.71 GPA in Computational Mathematics. She made school history in the fall when she became the first Eagle harrier to earn All-America honors following her performance at the NAIA Cross-Country Championship. She was named the Sun Conference Cross-Country Runner of the Year for the second straight season and followed that performance with the league’s Track Athlete of the Year honor in the spring. Staker earned All-America honors after top-six finishes in the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m relay events, and was recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second straight year. She also received the university’s Champions of Character and Steve & Vicky Ridder scholarships for 2014-2015.
All-America Men Recognized
The Embry-Riddle men’s track-and-field team also had three individuals named to the Capital One College Division Academic All-America track-and-field/cross-country team this week. Juniors Alec Hernandez and Kameron Turner were named to the first team, while senior Zachary Kraus garnered second team honors.
Hernandez is an Aeronautics major with a 3.83 cumulative GPA, which earned him Academic All-Conference and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. A competitor in six meets for the Eagles during the cross-country season, Hernandez earned first team All-Conference honors after placing second at The Sun Conference Championship in November. At that meet, he posted a time of 25:08.08 in the 8K race to become the seventh-fastest runner in school history. In the spring, Hernandez earned NAIA All-America recognition after helping the distance medley relay team to sixth place at the 2014 Indoor Track & Field National Championships. He was also an All-Sun Conference track performer in six events.
Turner has a 3.63 GPA in Business Administration and was also named to the NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Conference teams. The recipient of the team’s Champions of Character award, he earned All-America honors in the heptathlon after finishing eighth at the NAIA Indoor National Championships. The Sun Conference Athlete of the Week in March, Turner wrapped up his junior campaign with a pair of All-America performances at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, placing sixth in both the decathlon and the pole vault.
Kraus boasts a 3.65 GPA in Aerospace Engineering. He won All-Conference honors for his fourth-place finish at the conference championship, and his time of 26:14.63 made him the eighth-fastest 8K runner in school history. An NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Conference selection, he was also a member of the distance medley relay team that won All-America recognition at the Indoor National Championships.
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