By Caleb Scott
ADA — Ohio Northern landed three women's athletes on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic list for the 2016-17 season.
Richards led the list of honorees as she became the first female athlete in school history to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year for Ohio Northern's track & field programs.
Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing performers at the NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those who won individual championship titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final advantage.
Richards earns a USTFCCCA Academic Individual award for the third time in her career as a track and field athlete.
Ellinger earned the honor for the first time in her career.
The senior is a 4-time Ohio Athletic Conference Champion and 10-time All-OAC honoree.
Wollenslegel also earns the Academic Individual honor for the first time in her career.
The junior just narrowly missed being a national qualifier in the pole vault in 2017 after she claimed second place at the OAC Championships.
Kelly earned All-OAC honors for the first time in her career at the outdoor OAC Championships in 2017.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
- Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.
Northern finished the 2017 outdoor campaign with a 78-4 record and finished tied for eighth as a team at the 2017 National Championships under eighth-year head coach Jason Maus.