Stevens: 12 Lobo Moments: UNM Scores Big With Student-Athletes
Aug. 9, 2012
Top Lobo Moments From 2011-12: This is GoLobos.com's final flashback on 12 special Lobo moments from the 2011-12 season. The Lobos will soon begin their 2012-13 quest to excel as four UNM sports begin their seasons in August and Lobo football kicks off Sept. 1 vs. Southern:
August 16: Men's soccer at Cal Northridge
Today: Lobos Embrace Duality of Student-Athlete Label
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
The final flashback on special Lobo moments encompasses a whole lot of time - from fall to spring. It stretches from fields, gyms, courts, etc., and into classrooms, libraries, study halls, etc. It touches on wins and losses, but also includes marks in the classroom.
It also shines a bit on four special Lobos.
This is a salute to all the Lobos who achieved at a high level both on the field of competition and in the classroom.
The University of New Mexico student-athletes were outstanding once again rolling out GPAs higher than the UNM student body.
The Lobo student-athletes claimed an unofficial Mountain West title by dominating the Mountain West's 2011-12 Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Lobos had the highest number of scholar-athletes (3.5 GPA or better) with 97 individuals honored.
UNM had 18 Lobos with a 4.0 GPA or higher with swimmer Carlie McGregor leading the way at 4.33. The Lobos also had a program first this spring by pacing the Mountain West with 108 Academic All-Mountain West (3.0 or better) recipients. UNM had 148 Lobos on the MW academic list for the entire season.
In judging student-athlete success, there are various plateaus of excellence. You can win an NCAA national title. You can be a conference champion or maybe a conference MVP. You can be all-league or maybe an All-American.
But probably the pinnacle of achievement, when you consider the duality of the title student-athlete, is to become an NCAA CoSIDA Academic All-American. That title reflects exceptional performance both on the field and in the classroom. This is the cream of the cream in the student-athlete category.
Williams also was honored as the Mountain West Female Scholar-Athlete of The Year. Williams and Maria Dudley (swimming) were 2112 Rhoades Scholar candidates.