Cobbers Have Three Fall
Athletes Earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship!
list of men's award-winners - Complete
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MOORHEAD-- Three Concordia
fall athletes were awarded a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Myran (Sr., Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) from the cross-country
team, Jordan Talge (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) of the Cobber football
team and Jessica Walden (Sr., Hawley, Minn.) from volleyball all
earned the $7,500 award sponsored by the NCAA.
Concordia had the most athletes
awarded the scholarship of any NCAA Division I, II or III institution.
The list of colleges or universities that had athletes win awards included:
Duke University, Stanford University, Boston College and North Dakota State
University. The three Cobber award-winners also represent the most by any
MIAC school in a single season.
The trio was part of a contingent
of seven MIAC student-athletes to earn the award in a fall sport. The MIAC
garnered seven of the 56 overall awards given in fall sports and had the
most selections of any single conference, with the Big 12 (five), University
Athletic Association (three) and Pac-10 (three) following the MIAC.
Joining Myran, Walden and
Talge as MIAC award-winners were Bethelís Matt Wassink (football), Carleton's
Katie Freeman (volleyball), Gustavusís Rachel Batalden (volleyball) and
St. Thomasís Brigid Power (cross country).
Myran is one of the most
successful athletes to compete in cross-country in the history of the program
at Concordia. He became the first Cobber men's cross country athlete to
qualify for the national meet this past fall since 1992. He earned All-Region
honors in 2004 and 2003, and is a two-time all-conference performer. Myran
is also a successful track and field athlete. He qualified for the NCAA
Division III Outdoor Track and Field Meet in 2004 and won all-conference
honors in the 1500 meters.
Walden is a record-setting
performer in volleyball for Concordia. She was a captain on the Cobber
volleyball team that won back-to-back MIAC tournament championships and
competed in the NCAA tournament in two consecutive seasons. She is the
school's all-time leader in assists in a career, assists in a single season
and assists in a single match. She was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player
in 2004 and was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the third straight
year. In addition, she earned All-American Honorable Mention honors for
the first time in her career and was named to the All-Region First Team
for the first time ever. She finished her career by being named to the
prestigious ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team.
Talge is one of the most
decorated players in the history of Concordia football. As a senior captain
he helped lead Concordia to their first outright MIAC championship since
the 1986 season. He was named to the D3football.com All-American First
Team, the Football Gazette All-American First Team as well as the Associated
Press Little All-American Second Team. On top of all the All-American awards,
he was also a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which honors the top player
in NCAA Division III. He became the first Concordia player in program
history to be named as a finalist since the award started in 1993. He also
became the first player in five years to be named as an ESPN The Magazine
The NCAA has awarded 56 postgraduate
scholarships of $7,500 each to 28 male student-athletes and 28 female student-athletes
who participated in fall sports, which included womenís badminton (emerging
sport), men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football,
womenís rugby (emerging sport), men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball
and men's water polo.
In addition to the fall sport
honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes
participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships
or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate
scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average
of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with
distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete
was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the
field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the
institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must
intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time
or part-time graduate student.