Plentl Named Student-Athlete Of The Year
Dec. 13, 2011
FRISCO, Texas - Stephen F. Austin junior Randi Plentl was named Tuesday the Southland Conference Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement by league officials. The honor is Plentl's first, and marks the second consecutive season a Ladyjack has taken the honor after Stephanie Ganter earned it last season.
"I could not be happier for Randi," SFA cross country coach Cody Clark said. "She has worked extremely hard during her time at SFA both in the classroom and outside of it, and it shows in her results. It is always good to have someone like her earn the recognition she deserves for doing things the right way."
Plentl is a junior biology major with a 3.86 GPA from Arp, Texas (Arp HS) who experienced a breakout cross country season in 2011, earning all-SLC honors by finishing third overall in the Southland Conference championships at Piney Woods Country Club on Oct. 31 and 26th overall at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships in Waco, Texas, just two weeks later.
Throughout the season Plentl cemented herself as one of the top runner's in the Southland Conference even before the two final meets of the season. She placed no lower than 14th in any of her races leading up to the regional meet, including not only third place at the SLC championships, but also at the SLC Pre-Conference meet.
She joins Ganter as the only two Ladyjacks to earn the honor as SLC Student-Athlete of the Year in the award's history, while SFA has a pair of honors on the men's side, both by Rodney Joseph in 2004 and 2005.
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.