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      Widener Student-Athletes Honored with Academic and Athletic Awards


      Athletic Awards

      Jordan Powell and Casey Kerschner, two members of the Widener football team, were recognized by the American Football Coaches Association as All-Americans.

      With the fall sports season recently coming to a close, several members of Widener University athletic teams have been honored for their performance – both on and off the field.

      Two members of the Widener football team garnered the highest honor possible when they were named All-Americans. Jordan Powell, a criminal justice major, and Casey Kerschner, a civil engineering major, were recognized by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as All-Americans with Powell picking up First Team accolades and Kerschner selected to the Second Team. It is the first time in the 73-year history of the award that Widener has had two student-athletes selected to the AFCA All-Americans Team in the same season.

      Vince Char and Brian Armstrong were voted College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District. Char is third in NCAA Division III with 24.0 tackles for loss and fourth with 14.5 sacks while maintaining a 3.85 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. Armstrong ranked among the MAC leaders with seven pass breakups while carrying a 3.97 GPA as a finance major.

      The trio of Char, Kerschner, and Powell were all honored as well by as All-East Region selections.

      Eight student-athletes garnered Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area accolades as voted on by the Sports Information offices of 30 schools from the Philadelphia region. Topping the list was Frank Livolsi of the Men's Cross Country team who was named the Co-Performer of the Year for a season where he was named the MAC Runner of the Year, finished sixth in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships and competed in the national championship meet while maintaining a 3.85 GPA as a physics major.

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      Athletic Awards

      Widener field hockey players Kayla Herr and Eliza Newlin were named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.

      Also voted for Academic All-Area honors were Kayla Herr and Eliza Newlin from field hockey, Shea Scannell from women's soccer, along with Char, Kerschner, Armstrong, and Andrew Thomas from football. Herr and Newlin each were among the conference leaders in scoring while maintaining a 3.93 and 3.70 GPA in biology/pre-physical therapy and anthropology/pre-physical therapy respectively. Scannell was eighth in the conference in scoring while carrying a 3.83 GPA as a nursing major. Thomas has a 3.94 GPA in engineering and started all 11 games for the Pride this season, not committing a penalty or allowing a sack.

      Herr picked up some more hardware as she was selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Atlantic Region Second Team, Widener's first field hockey All-Region honoree since 2009.


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