MISSOULA — Montana had 46 student-athletes on the list of 2014 Spring Academic All-Big Sky Conference selections, the third-highest total in the conference, the league office announced this week.
The list includes senior track athlete Gwenn Abbott from Butte.
Discounting the academic selections for softball, a sport not represented across all Big Sky schools, Montana’s total ranked behind only Eastern Washington’s 49 and Weber State’s 47.
The Grizzlies had 24 student-athletes from the women’s outdoor track and field team make the list, nine from men’s outdoor track and field, six from men’s tennis, four from women’s tennis and three from women’s golf.
Coach Kris Nord’s six selections from his men’s tennis team matched Idaho State for the most in the conference.
To make the list, student-athletes must have competed in at least half of their teams’ competitions and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 through the most recent semester.
Idaho State, Montana State and Northern Arizona, all at 41, and North Dakota, at 40, all had at least 40 selections.
Montana seniors Mikolaj Caruk and Kellee Glaus, both Big Sky champions, maxed out their career selections.
Caruk, who finished his career with a 3.36 GPA as a communication studies major, was a member of the Grizzlies’ 2012 regular-season Big Sky championship team and 2014 Big Sky tournament champion squad. He was a four-time Academic All-Big Sky selection.
Glaus, who had a 3.93 GPA as a biology major, won the Big Sky triple jump title at the 2013 indoor championships. She was an eight-time academic selection, earning four for both indoor and outdoor track and field.
Montana’s 2014 Spring Academic All-Big Sky Conference selections
Women’s golf: Barbora Bakova (Fr., Business administration), Tara Green (Jr., Education), Phoebe Tan (So., Pre-psychology)
Men’s tennis: Semion Branzburg (So., Economics), Eric Braun (Sr., Management information systems), Mikolaj Caruk (Sr., Communication studies), Peter Mimnagh-Fleming (Fr., Business administration), Tomasz Soltyka (So., Business administration), Ethan Vaughn (Sr., History)
Women’s tennis: Sasha Carter (Jr., Marketing), Haley Driver (Jr., Communication studies), Maddy Murray (Sr., Mathematics), Laurence Pelchat (Jr., Management)
Men’s outdoor track and field: Micah Drew (Fr., Journalism), Dylan Hambright (Jr., Sociology), Reid Longley (So., Health and human performance), Brian Maus (Jr., Management), Mark Messmer (Jr., Health and human performance), David Norris (Jr., Health and human performance), Alex White (Sr., Health and human performance), Ben Williamson (Jr., Biology), Adam Wollant (Fr., Management)
Women’s outdoor track and field: Gwenn Abbott (Sr., Health and human performance), Taylor Allen (Fr., Anthropology), Tess Brenneman (So., Health and human performance), Caitlin Caraway (Jr., Health and human performance), Reagan Colyer (Fr., Pre-journalism), Shayle Dezellem (Jr., Health and human performance), McCalle Feller (So., Journalism), Amanda Foley (So., Communication studies), Heather Fraley (Jr., Wildlife biology), Maddey Frey (Sr., Mathematics), Kellee Glaus (Sr., Biology), Anika Green (Sr., Management), Sarah Hastings (So., Sociology), Samantha Hodgson (So., Health and human performance), McKenzie Luth (Sr., Psychology), Emily Mendoza (So., Social work), Allie Parks (Jr., Economics), Anna Pershouse (So., Health and human performance), Julie Read (So., Communicative sciences and disorders), Nicole Stroot (Fr., Biology), Autumn Taniguchi (Jr., Sociology), Lauryn Wate (So., Marketing), Carly Wilczynski (So., Education), Madison Worst (Jr., Health and human performance)
— Montana Sports Information