Plentl Named Student-Athlete Of The Year
Dec. 11, 2012
FRISCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin senior Randi Plentl was named Tuesday the Southland Conference Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement by league officials.
The honor marks the second consecutive season Plentl has taken the honor, and marks the third consecutive season a Ladyjack has taken the honor after Stephanie Ganter earned it in 2010.
"There is not a better example of a student-athlete than Randi," SFA cross country coach Cody Clark said. "She epitomizes what all student-athletes should represent, both on and away from the competitive field. I could not be more pleased for her to close out her cross country career with an honor such as this."
Plentl is a biology major with a 3.86 GPA from Arp, Texas (Arp HS) who followed up a breakout cross country season in as a junior in 2011 with another standout season in 2012. She earned all-SLC honors for the second straight season by finishing third overall in the Southland Conference championships and helped lead the Ladyjacks to their seventh championship in program history.
She finished 28th overall at the NCAA South Central Regional meet after the conference championship, and along with Ganter are the only two Ladyjacks to earn the honor as SLC Student-Athlete of the Year in the award's history.
The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member universities, votes for the student-athletes of the year.
The student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.