Miss. -- Mississippi State's track teams landed 17 women and 11
men on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2003,
a record number for both squads.
MSU's women previously had 16 individuals named to the honor roll
in both 2000 and 2001. The men's former best was in 1988 and 2001,
where seven athletes made the list. State's men ranked seventh on
this year's list, while the women tied for fifth with LSU.
The SEC selected the 2003 Academic Honor Roll based on the 2001-02
academic calendar. Athletes must have a 3.0 grade-point average
for the previous year or during their career, be a sophomore or
higher in academic classification and have 24 semester hours countable
towards a degree to be eligible for the annual honor.
Three former Lady Bulldogs made the list for the fourth time. CeCe
Brown, the school's 400-meter hurdles record-holder, earned a 3.78
GPA in biological sciences. Christine Zawaski had a 3.70 in forestry,
while Kristin Tallent had a 3.09 in broadcasting.
Two former women became three-time honorees. Martha Hudsonpillar,
State's nominee for the Boyd-McWhorter Scholar Athlete of the Year
award, gained a 3.80 in business. Ronni Watjus-Rudolphi had a 3.85
in animal and dairy science.
Former all-American Camille Harper made the list for the second
time with a 3.07 GPA in fitness management.
Eleven females made the list for the first time. Former Lady Dog
Janice Zawaski had a 3.04 in biological engineering. Nicole Dunn
gained a 3.40 in banking and finance, while Renata Hendrix had a
3.06 in the same major. Jourdan Steinberg scored a perfect 4.0 in
psychology while Mary Francis Wright had a 3.90 in education. Lacey
Johnson scored a 3.78 in psychology, and Jennifer Johnstone earned
a 3.43 in kinesiology. Jackie Rentschler had a 3.42 in psychology
while first-team all-SEC cross country selection Meggan Hodge posted
a 3.38 in human sciences. Trina Hobyan had a 3.17 in business, and
Crystal Averitt earned a 3.11 in biological sciences.
MSU placed two men on the honor roll for the third straight year.
Chris Boldt, a Verizon Academic all-South second-team selection,
scored a 3.75 in industrial engineering while Dan Hunter had a 3.20
in political science.
Nine men made the list for the first time. Former Bulldog and student
assistant coach Kevin Pittman gained a 3.32 in teaching/coaching,
while Jason Odom had a 3.42 GPA in agricultural sciences. Steven
Cornelius earned a 3.12 in management with Zack Brumfield
scoring a 3.68 in mechanical engineering. Clay Garner had a 3.90
in physical education while Brad Rowland scored a 3.52 in landscape
contracting. Michael Landry had a 3.68 in secondary education, and
Matthew Denton scored a 3.58 in business. All-American LaChristopher
Lewis posted a 3.03 in civil engineering.