Jackets trio named Academic All-Americans


Esbenshade

Esbenshade


Koch


Hartman


CEDARVILLE — Three Cedarville University Yellow Jacket student athletes were named to their respective CoSIDA Academic All-American teams, recently, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Olivia Esbenshade and Carsyn Koch were both named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country first team, while senior Wyatt Hartman earned a spot on the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country second team.

Esbenshade and Koch are the first-ever Lady Jackets to earn first team honors as well as CU’s first since joining NCAA D-II competition.

Samantha Maat Modderman (2006-07) and Lydia Wong (2009-10) were NAIA Second Team selections.

Esbenshade, a product of Marietta, Pa., carried a 3.82 GPA in nursing as a Dean’s Honor List student prior to graduation in May.

She was the 2016 G-MAC Cross Country Runner of the Year and the 2017 G-MAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Esbenshade achieved NCAA Division II All-America honors on the track with her third-place finish in the outdoor 1,500 meters and as part of the indoor distance medley relay squad that placed third.

Koch, who is from Washburn, Maine, maintains a 3.54 GPA as a Dean’s List student in nursing.

In cross country, she helped the Lady Jackets to their fifth straight G-MAC crown, a runner-up showing in the Midwest Region, and their first-ever appearance at the NCAA Championship where they placed 11th.

Hartman, a senior from Cortland, was a Dean’s Honor List student as a mechanical engineering major prior to graduating with a 3.89 grade-point average.

He guided Cedarville to its fifth straight Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) cross country title by placing fifth individually for all-conference first team recognition.

Hartman repeated as a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American with a sixth-place showing for the runner-up Yellow Jackets.

On the track, Hartman picked up NCAA Division II Indoor All-America honors as a member of the distance medley relay squad that placed eighth. He was an All-G-MAC performer both indoors and outdoors.

Hartman is the sixth CoSIDA Academic All-American® in CU men’s track & field history and the third honoree in cross country.

Esbenshade
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Koch
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_CarsynKoch2017_PS.jpgKoch

Hartman
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_WyattHartman_PS.jpgHartman

Story information provided by Cedarville University Athletics.

Story information provided by Cedarville University Athletics.