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      Widener Student-Athletes Honored by MAC for Work on and off the Field

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      Brian Armstrong

      Brian Armstrong, a finance major and football player, was one of 10 student-athletes named to Fall 2017 Academic All-MAC teams.

      Widener University athletes continue to excel in the classroom and on the field as 10 student-athletes have been named to Fall 2017 Academic All-MAC teams.

      In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must have a GPA of 3.20 or higher during his or her season of competition and have been a key contributor on the field. The teams are chosen by a vote among the 17 sports information directors in the conference who cast their ballots based on a combination of academics and on-field performance.

      The 10 players named to the team is the second most for Widener in the five year history of the Academic All-MAC team.

      Football had the most recipients with four. Brian Armstrong, a finance major; Vince Char, a mechanical engineering major; Casey Kerschner, a civil engineering major; and Andrew Thomas, an engineering major, were all selected to the squad. It was the second straight year that Char and Kerschner were recognized. All four were MAC First Team performers for their work on the field earlier this year and Kerschner was named a Second Team All-American by both the AFCA and D3football.com.

      Field Hockey and men's cross country had two honorees each. Kayla Herr, a biology/pre-physical therapy major, and Eliza Newlin, an anthropology/pre-physical therapy major, left their mark on the field for the Pride. Both rank in the top 10 in all-time scoring for the field hockey program, which won the second most games in team history and picked up its first ever postseason victory with a 2-0 triumph against DeSales in the ECAC quarterfinals.

      Two All-Region selections headlined the men's cross country honorees. Frank Livolsi, a physics major, was the MAC Men's Runner of the Year and finished sixth at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Ryan Rastatter, an anthropology/pre-physical therapy major, placed 23 out of 365 runners at the regional meet.

      Women's volleyball and women's cross country each placed one competitor on the team. Nicole Dorman, a psychology/pre-physical therapy major, was named to the squad for the second straight year. Jessica Schappelle, a biology/pre-physical therapy major, was an All-Region honoree for her performance at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships.


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