Centenary Athletes Recognized as ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete
Friday, January 27, 2012
Four Centenary student-athletes were named to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Fall 2011 Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team. The honor recognizes students that achieve a 3.2 gpa or higher while competing as a starter or important reserve in a DIII sport.

Each member institution was limited to one nominee per sport, and Sports Information Directors from member institutions voted on the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete for each sport.

Senior political science major Mellynn Baker was recognized for Women’s Cross Country. She finished with a time of 24:23.14, placing 13th at the ULM Warhawk Invitational 5K, and placed 5th with a time of 21:59 at the 5K Gator Run. Baker is originally from Alexandria, LA.

Mineola, TX, native Marcos Rodriguez was named to the Men’s Soccer Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team. He assisted the Gents in finishing a 13-3-1 season and scored 21 points with 2-2 record for penalty kicks. Rodriguez is a senior health and exercise science major.

Senior elementary education major Candace Rushing was recognized for Women’s Soccer. She helped the Ladies finish a 10-8-1 season and scored 19 points with a 1-1 record for penalty kicks. Rushing is a Memphis, TN, native.

Grapevine, TX, native Caitlin Neese was named to the Women’s Volleyball Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team. She posted 52 kills and 22 service aces with the Ladies finishing out a 14-14 season. Neese is a senior psychology major.

All honorees were also named to the Fall 2011 ASC Academic All-Conference Team.