Kyle Havriliak and Hanneke Lodewijks, Northern Arizona University's Golden Eagle Scholar-Athletes of the Year, were named as the school's recipients of the 2018-19 Big Sky Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2, be a member of the graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition and be a letterwinner in their respective sport.
Havriliak and Lodewijks were selected by the department based on their athletic and academic performances during the recently completed academic year.
Havriliak finished his career with the Lumberjacks men's cross country and track and field programs, and graduated with his degree in criminology and criminal justice and a minor in military leadership. The Phoenix native also was a recipient of the university's prestigious Gold Axe award in April.
He was a member of Northern Arizona's three NCAA cross country national championship teams from 2016 to 2018 and placed 20th at the Big Sky championships in his final season. During the outdoor track and field season this spring, he had a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the conference championships, improving upon his sixth-place finish in 2018.
Lodewijks helped the women's tennis team to a sweep of the Big Sky regular-season and tournament championships in the spring and just the program's second NCAA Tournament appearance in her final season. Lodewijks, a native of Breda, Netherlands, was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 8 Women's At-Large First Team as a senior.
She was named to All-Big Sky Honorable Mention in singles and to the first team in doubles this spring after compiling a 6-3 singles record and 14-4 doubles record at the No. 2 spots. Lodewijks concluded her career as NAU's all-time leader with 60 doubles wins. Last month, she found herself ranked No. 10 in season-ending Oracle/ITA Mountain Region doubles rankings and No. 58 in the national doubles rankings.
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Aleksandra Chekalina is set to represent her home country of Russia in the European Ladies Team Championship that started Tuesday at the Is Molas Resort in Italy.
Chekalina earned All-Tournament honors at Big Sky championship tournament in the spring to go along with her Third Team All-Conference selection.
Teams are made up of six players. Over the first two days, all players will complete two rounds of individual stroke play, with the five lowest scores from the teams' six players counting toward their aggregate total each day. The top eight teams after the first two days will qualify for Flight A of the match play rounds and compete for places first through eighth over the final three days. Players will face a very dry golf course at Is Molas and have had to contend with very hot conditions in the practice rounds.
Meanwhile, the Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars were announced this past week with two Lumberjacks, Elle Kocourkova and Sara Padilla, earning spots on the prestigious list. A total of 1,097 women's collegiate golfers were recognized with this honor.
The criteria for selection to the team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.
This past year the Lumberjacks had an overall team GPA of 3.54, the highest in 10 years.
Twenty-four Big Sky women's golfers from eight league institutions were named to the team.