By Datti Jinkiri
Mississippi College’s successful spring continued as the school had 13 athletes make GSC All-Academic Teams. Four men’s track and field athletes and four women’s soccer players were honored. Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball each saw two players make the teams for their respective sports. Women’s track and field rounded out the field with one honoree.
The Choctaws also had 152 athletes make the GSC Academic Honor Roll. This was the fourth-highest total in the GSC this spring.
Criteria for GSC All-Academic Teams
According to the GSC, All-Academic honorees must have an overall GPA of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale for their entire academic career and may not be freshmen or first-semester or quarter transfers. The student-athlete must also be a significant contributor to the squad. Other factors include leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities.
Men’s Track and Field
Dalton Dempsey (Starkville, Miss.) earned USTFCCCA All-South Region honors as a member of the Choctaws’ 4×400 meter relay team. The junior biology medical sciences major has a 3.80 GPA.
Gabe Poulin (Ruston, La.) currently has a 3.57 GPA. The kinesiology (exercise science) major won the 10,000 meter race at the GSC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Jake Russell (Huntsville, Ala.) finished in second in the 800 meters at the GSC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The junior accounting major has a 3.90 GPA
Rakeem Wilson (Hamilton, Ala.) earned USTFCCCA First Team All-American honors as a member of the Choctaws’ 4×400 meter relay team. He has a 3.36 GPA and is majoring in kinesiology (exercise science).
Beatrice Currie (Sydney River, Nova Scotia) started all eight games and tallied an assist in the GSC Spring Championship Series Final. The junior finance major has a 3.90 GPA.
Kaylee Foster (Ocean Springs, Miss.) also started all eight games for the Lady Choctaws this spring, tallying a goal and an assist in the process. She is a sophomore accounting major and has a 4.00 GPA.
Avery Hederman (Jackson, Miss.) scored two goals and assisted on three more. The sophomore is a business administration major and has a 4.00 GPA.
Erin Hederman (Jackson, Miss.) led the Lady Choctaws with six goals this spring. She has a 4.00 GPA and is a sophomore kinesiology (pre-physical therapy) major.
Gonzalo Carrasco (Madrid, Spain) started six games in the Choctaw midfield this spring. The sophomore has a 3.61 GPA and is a business administration major.
Abel Perez (Madrid, Spain) also started six matches in the Choctaw midfield. He is currently getting his MBA and has a 3.56 GPA.
Kendall Platt (Anaheim, Calif.) was fourth in the GSC with 0.52 aces per set. She is a junior elementary education major and has a 3.81 GPA.
Lexi Richards (Bentonville, Ark.) was in the top-ten in hitting percentage in the GSC. She is a sophomore psychology major and has a 4.00 GPA.
Women’s Track and Field
Marina Rizk (Nasr City, Egypt) finished as the pole vault runner-up in the GSC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She has a 4.00 GPA and is a sophomore electrical engineering major.