Columbus State Athletes Excel in the Classroom During Fall Semester

Columbus, Ga. – In addition to two Peach Belt Conference championships and tremendous success on the field, Columbus State University student-athletes achieved outstanding success in the classroom during the fall semester.

As a group, thAthletic Honor Rolle Columbus State athletic department compiled a 3.0 grade point average for the first semester, with 159 student-athletes (57 percent) earning a 3.0 GPA or higher. Of those 159, 25 recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“Our student-athletes work hard every day to compete at a high level both on the field of competition and in the classroom,” said CSU Director of Athletics Todd Reeser. “Their outstanding academic results during the fall semester are a clear indication that they are committed to getting it done in the classroom.

“We are very proud of their achievements, as well as their continued progression towards the ultimate goal of receiving a degree from Columbus State University.”

Adding to the academic accolades, Columbus State student-athletes received the Elite 15 Award at three of the four conference championship events the Cougars participated in during the fall. The honor is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing in the championship.

Junior Kayla Parsons and senior Nathan Reeves took home the top academic honor at the PBC Cross Country Championships, while senior Kelsey Pelletier received the Elite 15 Award for the second consecutive season as the Lady Cougar soccer team captured its fifth PBC Tournament championship.

Pelletier was later honored for her academic success by being named a Capital One Academic All-American and to the NSCAA Scholar All-American team.

Nine different teams tallied at least a 3.0 GPA with the women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s track & field and rifle teams all reaching the mark.

CSU’s softball team led the way in the fall semester with 22 individuals achieving at least a 3.0 GPA. The women’s soccer program placed 20 on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

All of the student-athletes on the A.D.’s Honor Roll will be honored at the CSU basketball doubleheader on Wednesday, February 11 against Montevallo.