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Former track and field stars making a big splash in collegiate ranks

NAMPA, Idaho – Following an outstanding season in track & field and in the classroom, Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions Andrew Curtis, Cody Henderson and Greyson Kilgore led the way for the Crusaders as nine NNU men were named to the GNAC's Academic All-Conference Team.

Curtis, a senior from Tigard, Ore. with a 3.80 GPA in Mass Communications who helped the NNU men's 4x100-meter relay team defend its GNAC title in outdoor track earlier this month, was named to the Academic Team for the third straight year.

Henderson, a senior from Green River, Wyo. with a 3.83 GPA in Secondary Education, was also part of the Crusaders' championship 4x100 relay for the second straight year, and earned his second Academic Team award.

This year's Academic Award is the first for Kilgore, a senior from Kuna High School in Kuna, Idaho who has a 3.20 GPA in Religion.

Kilgore won the GNAC indoor championship in the pole vault in February.

Joining NNU's GNAC champions on the GNAC All-Conference Academic Team are three-time honorees Stephen Larlee, a senior from Maupin, Ore. with a 3.87 GPA in Nursing, and Matt Silva, a junior from Nampa Christian High School in Nampa, Idaho, who has a 3.93 GPA in Philosophy.

NNU's first-time selections to the GNAC All-Conference Academic Team include: sophomore Luke Conklin from The Dalles, Ore. (Pre-Med, 3.81 GPA); junior Kaleb Fleenor from Kuna High School and a Nampa, Idaho product (Kinesiology, 3.69 GPA); sophomore Jeremiah Woods from Damascus, Ore. (Biology, 3.69 GPA); and sophomore Kyle McLaughlin from Meridian High School in Meridian Idaho (Kinesiology/Pre PT, 3.27 GPA).

To be eligible for the GNAC All-Conference Academic Team, a student-athlete must be in his second year of competition at his school, compete in a majority of his team's meets and maintain a 3.20 GPA.

Information from www.nnusports.com.

Dillard sets PR in California

WALNUT, Calif.– In a weekend dubbed "the greatest weekend of track and field in Pilot history" by men's head coach Rob Conner, the Portland Pilots made the most of their trip to Southern California. While the Mt. SAC Relays highlighted the weekend's performances, Pilot athletes also competed at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University and the Beach Invite.

Thursday night at Mt. SAC featured four Pilots in two heats of the 10,000-meter. Alex Dillard started the meet off on a high note for the Pilots with a victory in heat A of the men's 10,000-meter.

His time of 29:42.27 was a personal-best.

If you would like to submit news on former local athletes who are excelling in the classroom or in their sports, email rrodriguez@ thedalleschronicle.com.

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