By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
If there was a spring-semester trophy handed out by the New Mexico Athletics Department for the Lobo team with the highest grade point average, that trophy would be resting on the desk of Jill Trujillo, the Lobos’ women’s golf coach.
Trujillo also would have room for the overall title as her Lobos led the department in the classroom for the entire 2013-14 school year.
The 3.88 GPA that her Lobos punched out in the spring semester not only was the highest among all UNM sports teams, it paved the way for a host of other academic awards that came to the 2014 Mountain West Champions.
- Trujillo’s Lobos had five players earn 2013-14 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete awards (3.5 or higher): seniors Sammi Stevens, Manon De Roey and Sofia Hoglund and freshmen Katerina Jaeger and Kalyn Thayer.
- The Lobos placed Stevens, Jaeger, De Roey and Hoglund on the 2014 Academic All-Mountain West Team (3.0 or higher), and they were joined on that academic squad by freshmen Eva Saulnier and Manon Molle.
- The Lobos had five golfers -- Stevens, De Roey, Hoglund, Jaeger and Saulnier – named as Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars (3.5 or higher) at the Division I level.
The team had an overall GPA of 3.83 for the 2013-14 school year.
“Our academic success is no surprise,” said Trujillo. “It really begins in the recruiting process. We not only recruit student-athletes who excel in golf, but we recruit young women of high character, who value the long-term benefits of education and a college degree.
“When we recruit student-athletes to the University of New Mexico, they not only are coming to one of the finest collegiate golf training facilities in America, they are welcomed by an outstanding academic support system that has few equals.”
The criteria for the WGCA All-American Scholars and the MW Scholar-Athlete Award are among the more stringent in collegiate athletes with a 3.50 minimum GPA as the bottom line.
The MW scholars also must have completed at least two academic terms and have participated in varsity competition in a Mountain West-sponsored sport.
To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-MW team, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The student-athlete also must be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.
The University of New Mexico topped the Mountain West in the number of student-athletes named to the Academic All-MW Spring Team with 124 and also in the Lobos named as MW Scholars for the 2013-14 school term at 117.
UNM set a program record with a 3.25 cumulative GPA for the 2013-14 season.
Trujillo’s Lobo team 3.83 GPA beat out the Lobo women’s ski team GPA of 3.69, which was followed by the Lobo women’s soccer team at 3.63. The grades on the Lobo women’s golf team among the players awarded academic honors ranged from 3.52 to 4.24. Thayer topped the team with a 4.24 GPA followed by Jaeger at 4.18. There were 50 MW student-athletes who achieved a 4.0 or higher during the 2013-14 season.
“The student-athletes on our team are high achievers, and they carry that work ethic onto the course and into the classroom,” said Trujillo. “They were league champions this season and it’s not easy to be a champion, but I’m just as proud of what they have achieved in the classroom. They are outstanding representatives of our university, but they will go on to be outstanding citizens.”