By Lindsey DelaTorre, SDA Media Relations
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Nine Sun Devil student-athletes were named to the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholars Teams. Alexis Cooper (softball), Allie Salas (gymnastics), Alycia Herring (track), Andrea Kemmerrer (track), Shaylah Simpson (track), Trevor Landry (track), Joy Burke (women’s basketball), Deja Mann (women’s basketball, and Elisha Davis (women’s basketball) were all selected for the Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholar Team by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.
Cooper owns a 3.98 GPA, and is pursuing a degree in health sciences. Joining the Sun Devil softball program in 2013, Cooper has recorded 10 career appearances in the circle. After giving up only one earned run her freshman year, Cooper has struck out six in 2014.
Salas was named an All-Pac-12 second team honoree, a 2013 NACGC Scholar All-American and leads the list of All-Academic selections for gymnastics. A walk-on for the Gym Devils, Salas has been a fixture on the ASU vault and floor line-up since she joined the team her freshman year. Salas, a sophomore and member of the Barrett Honors College, holds a 3.50 GPA in biochemistry.
Herring, senior sprinter and 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection, sits in Arizona State’s outdoor record book in two of the top-10 4x100m relay teams and one of the top-10 4x400m relay teams. Herring has competed at the NCAA Track and Field Championships four times in her career. Majoring in psychology, Herring owns a 3.27 GPA.
Kemmerrer, a sophomore pole vaulter, owns a 3.35 GPA and is majoring in mechanical engineering.. She sits in the Arizona State top-10 outdoor record book at No. 8 with her 2014 clearance of 3.73m, which she accomplished at the annual Double Dual meet with in-state rivals Arizona and Northern Arizona. This outdoor season, Kemmerrer has improved her pole vault mark in each of the four meets she has competed in.
Shaylah Simpson, a senior pole vaulter and 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection, sits at No. 2 in ASU’s outdoor record book with her 2013 clearance of 4.30m. Simpson has led the pole vaulters this season and stands at No. 3 in the Pac-12 going into the conference meet. Simpson owns a 3.26 GPA and is majoring in psychology.
Trevor Landry, a redshirt sophomore and middle-distance runner owns a 3.69 GPA and is double majoring in both finance and accounting. Landry ran his personal best in the 800m run with a time of 1:50.51 at ASU’s Sun Angel Track Classic on April 12, and his time is the No. 2 mark on the team this season.
Joy Burke, a redshirt senior, was tabbed to the Pac-12’s All-Academic first team after earning honorable mention honors each of the last three seasons. Burke, who earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing from ASU’s Barrett Honors College, also earned her Master’s in Communication Studies. Burke played in every game in 2013-14 and scored in double figures 12 times (scored career-high 22 points vs. Oregon) and recorded double figures in rebounds three times (grabbed career-high 15 rebounds vs. Oregon). She concluded the season second on the team in field goal percentage (51.4) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg).
Like Burke, Deja Mann also just completed work on her Master’s Degree (Liberal Studies). Named All-Pac-12 by both the coaches and media in 2014, Mann started every game last season and concluded the campaign as the team’s leader in scoring (11.1 ppg), 3-pointers (50) and free throw percentage (86.7), was third in assists (2.1 apg) and was the team’s top rebounding guard (3.2 rpg - fourth on the team). She scored in double figures 21 times and connected on three or more 3-pointers eight times.
Elisha Davis, a sophomore guard, played in every game (two starts) and finished the season as the team’s leader in assists (2.8 apt , second in free throw percentage (79.1) and third in 3-point FGs (19). Davis, who earned Pac-12 All-Academic second-team recognition, scored a career-high 11 points three times, most recently in ASU’s win over NCAA Tournament win over Vanderbilt. Davis also grabbed five or more rebounds six times this season.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine sponsors the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled athletically as well as academically. The award was inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.’s dedication to academics and his love for the game of tennis. All colleges and universities in the U.S are encouraged to participate in the annual awards program by nominating their sports scholars. The Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sport Scholars also demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and community activism.
To be recognized for the award, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher, completed one full academic year at the nominating institution, be enrolled for the fall term of the academic year being nominated, be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team and have a record of service to the campus or community.