News Release

Student Athletes Excel at Dalton State

January 7, 2014

Cook Twins
Cross Country runners Brody Cook, left, and Parker Cook are two of three Roadrunner student athletes to earn perfect 4.0 grade point averages their first semester at Dalton State.

Turns out Roadrunner athletes have excelled in the classroom as well as on the court and in the field, according to Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh.

“Our athletes have been successful on the playing field in their first year of competition with volleyball winning 10 games, men’s and women’s cross country finishing with nationally competitive times, and the men’s basketball team sitting at 14-1. That success is not just limited to the field of play,” Waugh said. “The new student-athletes at Dalton State have also done well in the classroom.”

In the first semester on campus the recruited and/or scholarship student-athletes of Dalton State posted a cumulative 3.02 grade point average. The women’s tennis team led the way with a cumulative grade point average of 3.34 followed closely by men’s cross country with a 3.31.

Of all the student-athletes, 48% posted a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, Waugh said. Twelve student-athletes made the Dean’s List of fulltime students earning a 3.5 or higher, and Brody Cook and Parker Cook of Men’s Cross Country and Adam Hornby of Men’s Tennis, earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in their first semester of college attendance.

“In looking at the athletic department as a whole, it has been a successful semester academically,” Waugh said. “Adjusting to a first semester at college can be difficult, so I expect our students to do even better as time progresses.”

“With any large group of students, you are going to have some that do exceptionally well and some who struggle, but as a whole, I believe our student-athletes have a very positive affect on the academic reputation of Dalton State,” said Waugh.

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