Polk Athletes Receive Academic Honors
WINTER HAVEN — Four Polk State College student-athletes have received national recognition from the National Junior College Athletics Association.
Polk State Baseball's Michael Danner (Tampa), Rowland Goodman (West Caldwell, NJ), Trey Norris (Frostproof), and Polk State Softball's Megan Mayfield (Port St. Lucie), all received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement, which recognizes student-athletes who earn a grade-point average between 3.6 and 3.79 on a 4.0 scale.
The Colorado Springs, Co.-based NJCAA released the winners of its 2011-12 Student-Athlete Awards on Monday.
The awards, previously known as the NJCAA Academic All-American honors, have existed since 1983, and were established to recognize the success of student-athletes in the classroom.
According to the NJCAA, "Over 1,680 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors and nearly 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA for the 2011-2012 academic year on over 3,500 teams in 28 different sports."
Danner, a sophomore for the Eagles in the 2011-12 season, played in 58 games, had a batting average of .325 (74-for-228) and a slugging percentage of .548, hit 10 home runs and stole 27 bases. He earned First Team All-Suncoast Conference honors for the second consecutive year, and signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Tampa. He had a 3.6 GPA for the season.
Goodman, a redshirt freshman, saw action in 11 games and collected a .333 (4-for-12) batting average, all while earning a 3.69 GPA.
Norris had a solid freshman campaign for the Eagles, providing depth to the loaded Eagles bullpen this past season. He appeared in 20 games with 33 innings of work, finished the season with a 1-0 record, and had 35 strikeouts and a 2.18 ERA. His GPA for the season was 3.69.
Danner, Goodman and Norris all helped lead Polk State Baseball to a history-making season that included a second consecutive Suncoast Conference title and a bid in the NJCAA JUCO World Series.
Mayfield, a sophomore transfer from Lynn University, provided a spark for Polk State Softball. She played in 47 games, had a .280 (35-for-125) batting average and collected five RBIs. The Port St. Lucie native will be taking her talents to Delta State University next season. Her GPA was 3.77.