Tech’s Machinal, Farris earn NAIA Scholar Award

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the Division I Women’s Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes today. The announcement came from Independence, Mo. where the Division I National Tournament is taking place. Montana Tech placed three on the national list.

Oredigger senior Mandy Machinal and juniors Rachel Farris and Shayla Mack received the academic award.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

Mandy Machinal made the list for the second straight year. The Richland, Wash. native is currently enrolled in the Hydrogeological Engineering graduate program. The Orediggers leading scorer over the past four years also received her fourth All-Conference honor earlier this month.

Farris, a 6-foot-2 center from San Antonio, Texas, is pursuing a major in occupational safety and health administration.

Mack, a 5-6 guard from Three Forks, is also pursuing a degree occupational safety and health administration.

Montana Tech finished with a 12-19 overall record this season. The Orediggers made the post season after finishing the Frontier Conference season 3-1. Tech lost in the second round of the Frontier Tournament after defeating Carroll College in the first.

— Montana Tech Sports Information

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