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MSU Track Lands Record 11 Men, 17 Women On SEC Academic Honor Roll
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STARKVILLE, 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.


Steven Cornelius 5-9 * 138 * Sr. * Niceville, FL * Distance
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February 26, 2010

Had a good fall in preparation for the long distance events he will compete in during 2003.

2002:
Closed out the season ranked second on the team in three events during the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Placed seventh in the only 3000m race of the outdoor season at the SEC Quadrangular, clocking in at 9:45.36 ... Ran his best time in the 5000m outdoors at the Jace Lacoste Invite, finishing the race in 16:29.35 to place ninth ... Also ranked sixth at the Bulldog Invitational in the 5000m (16:45.4m) ... Finished ninth in his best-timed 3000m indoors at the LSU Purple Tiger Invite, crossing the finish line in 9:11.05 ... Also took sixth place at the Saluki Booster Club Invitational and 11th at the SEC Regional in the 3000m.

Junior College:
Ran cross country for coach Heath Dudley at Bevill State Community College ... Part of the 2000 NJCAA national cross country championship team ... Ran his top 8K at the Crimson Tide Invitational, clocking a 26:02 there ... Won the Academic Athlete of the Year in 2001 at BSCC ... Named a dean's scholar.

High School:
Earned four letters in track at Niceville High School ... Ran a personal-best 3200m of 9:31 at the Meet of Champions in Mobile, Ala ... Named the Most Valuable Distance Runner for his senior and junior years ... Placed eighth at the state meet in the 3200-meter run as a senior ... Helped Niceville 's cross country team to second place in state ... Finished third in the state 3200m as a junior ... Named co-captain of the track team his junior season ... Elected vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America at NHS.

Personal:
Steven Lee Cornelius was born June 5, 1980 in the Philippines ... The son of Steve and Virginia Cornelius ... Seeking a degree in business management.