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Six Named Academic All-State

The six student-athletes honored have a combined 15 All-ODAC selections.
The six student-athletes honored have a combined 15 All-ODAC selections.

WINCHESTER, Va. – Six Shenandoah University student-athletes have been honored for academic achievement in selections announced Monday by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association.

Tristan Baker, Hayden Bauserman, Justin Mehrer, Morgan Payne, Jordan Sondrol and Emily Yergin have all been named VaSID Academic All-State.

For Baker and Bauserman, it is a repeat honor for the rising seniors.

The sextet has a total of 15 All-ODAC honors, led by Mehrer's five for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. This past spring, he was the ODAC outdoor champion in the steeplechase. 

Baker, a sports management major from Williamsport, Maryland, has a 3.66 GPA and has now been named Academic All-State in both 2017 and 2018. He has earned All-ODAC honors on the baseball diamond three times, including second team accolades in both 2017 and 2018.

Bauserman, the Hornets quarterback, is a Woodstock, Virginia native and a 3.46 student in environmental science. A two-time first team All-ODAC honoree, Bauserman has rewritten the passing record book at SU. He owns every significant game, season and career passing record including completions, attempts, yardage and touchdowns. He was also selected Academic All-State in 2017. 

Mehrer, from Gillette, Wyoming, stars for the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams. This past year, he earned All-ODAC honors in each season, grabbing second team honors in cross country, first team indoors as part of the distance medley relay team and first team outdoors thanks to his steeplechase championship. He is a biology/exercise science double major with a 3.70 GPA.

Payne, a co-captain for the field hockey program, has a 3.84 GPA as a biology/public health double major. She has earned All-ODAC honors in both 2016 and 2017, grabbing first team accolades this past fall, and is a three-time selection to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. 

Sondrol and Yergin, the final two honorees, are rising juniors. 

Sondrol is a Waynesboro, Virginia native and a 3.72 student as an exercise science major. This past season, she earned the first All-ODAC honor of her career after leading the women's basketball team in scoring and rebounding on its way to a second straight appearance in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals. She is also a co-captain of the team.

Yergin, from Warrenton, Virginia and a sports management major with a 3.74 GPA, rounds out the Academic All-State honorees. Yergin is a two-time first team All-ODAC selection, earning 2016 ODAC Rookie of the Year honors, and is already fourth all-time in scoring at SU after just two seasons of play.

The honorees were selected by the sports information directors from across the commonwealth.