Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University junior runner Shelby Janutol (Troy) has been named the recipient of the NCAA's "Elite 89" award in Division II women's indoor track and field.
Janutol received the honor this past weekend (March 9-10) as the Bulldogs competed in the NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships in Mankato, Minn.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship.
Janutol is the first-ever Bulldog student-athlete to receive the NCAA's Elite 89 Award. She brought home All-America honors last team that also included juniors Zoey Hohmann and Alyssa Osika along with senior Tina Muir. They placed fourth overall in the field in a school-record time of 11:36.37.
A biology major, Janutol was also named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Academic All-Excellence Team for her work in the classroom this season.
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