2011-12 Division II Scholar Athlete Award Winners Named|
Lindsay Lettow of the University of Central Missouri (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association) and Micah Davis of Delta State University (Gulf South Conference) have been named the top female and male Division II Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (DII CCA).
Earlier this month, 16 regional scholar-athlete award winners were selected by the DII CCA. Lettow and Davis were named from this field of eight women’s regional winners and eight men’s regional winners.
In the thirteen year history of this award, Lettow gives the MIAA its third national award winner while Davis is the GSC’s fourth winner.
“As a commissioner I am so proud of the student-athletes who have achieved so much and who we are able to recognize as DII CCA Scholar-Athletes,” said Steve Murray, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and president of the DII CCA. “These fine men and women truly exemplify the balanced student-athlete experience which is a hallmark of Division II.”
Lettow, a track and field student-athlete, won the NCAA Division II Indoor pentathlon national championship with an all-time NCAA Division II record score of 4,193 points, breaking her own record which she set as a junior. She earned Indoor All-America honors in the long jump and was named USTFCCCA Indoor Female Athlete of the Year for the second straight year and the 2012 USTFCCCA South Central Region Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year. The Urbandale, IA native will be a 2012 MIAA Scholar Athlete Award Winner and MIAA Academic Honor Roll member. Lettow was also awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship among other honors. Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish, Lindsay carries a 3.84 GPA.
Davis was an integral part of the DSU Football team in his career. In 2011 alone, he threw for 3,788 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for another 13 while completing 319 of 524 pass attempts. In his career, Davis led DSU to a 2010 NCAA National Championship appearance, received the NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2010 Division II Football Championship, he was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the DII National Player of the Year Award and the Conerly Trophy, which is presented annually to Mississippi’s top collegiate football player. The Wesson Mississippi native was named the Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-GSC. Academically, Davis was named to the GSC All-Academic team and Honor Roll as well as the CoSIDA Region VI Academic Team. He was also a National Football Foundation Academic All-American. The Chemisty, Biology, Pre-Med major, with a 4.0 GPA, received a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation.
Women’s regional winners along with Lettow were:
Christina Cuffari – The College of Saint Rose – Soccer – Business Administration (3.73)
Neely Spence – Shippensburg – Cross Country – Human Communications Studies (3.85)
Liz Willis – Wingate University – Volleyball – Biology (3.87)
Morgan Johnson – Valdosta State University – Softball - Nursing (3.66)
Keala Peterson – Sonoma State University – Volleyball – Anthropology/Psychology (3.96)
Kendra Huettl – Minnesota State University, Mankato – Softball – Nursing (3.99)
Amanda Putt – Hillsdale College – Track and Field/Cross Country – Biology (3.80)
Joining Davis as men’s regional winners were:
Nick DiAntonio – Assumption College – Football – Mathematics/Secondary Education (3.98)
Christopher Copeland – Saint Augustine’s University - Track & Field - Sports Management (3.64)
Johan Bergfeld – Flagler College – Soccer – Business Administration (3.96)
Shawn Boss – Univ. of Central Missouri – Track & Field – Computer Information Systems (4.0)
Elias Tuma – UC San Diego – Baseball – Cognitive Science (3.937)
Cody Lensing – Augustana College – Wrestling – Biochemistry (3.96)
Braydon Hobbs – Bellarmine University – Basketball – Criminal Justice Studies (3.53)