GFU's Dalzell, Green top scholar athletes
The Northwest Conference revealed the list its 2016-2017 scholar-athletes and leading a record-breaking class were first team selections Caleb Dalzell and Asia Greene of George Fox.
The first team is comprised of the top male and top female student-athletes from each of the nine NWC institutions as nominated by each school's director of athletics and faculty athletics representative.
Including Dalzell and Greene, George Fox set a new school record by placing 107 student athletes on the list.
To be eligible, a student athlete must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at the end of the academic year, and must have participated throughout the entire varsity season.
Dalzell excelled as both a track and field as a thrower and football as a defensive end for the Bruins, earning NCAA Division III All-America honors this past spring by placing fourth in the discus at the national championships. He also won the conference title in the discus and placed second in the shot put as well.
The junior led the Bruins in football sacks as both a freshman and as a sophomore and paced the team with three blocked kicks last fall while also recording a pick-six against Lewis & Clark, which earned him second team all-conference honors in 2016.
A biology major with a 3.90 GPA, Dalzell has made the dean's list four straight semesters.
GFU Coach Chris Casey and track coach John Smith both noted that Dalzell's tremendous study habits and excellent attendance make him an outstanding college student. As a football player, Casey added that Dalzell's greatest attribute is his relentless effort because he goes full throttle from snap to whistle on every play.
Greene is the most-decorated athlete in George Fox women's track and field history with six NCAA Division III All-America honors (three indoor, three outdoor). She is the Bruins' record-holder in the long jump, 100- and 200-meter runs, earning All-West Region honors in all three of those events last spring as a senior.
Greene is a two-time West Region Field Athlete of the Year honoree (2016, 2017) as chosen by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The standout finished her undergraduate degree in English with a 3.15 GPA before posting a 3.91 GPA in the master's in teaching program. Greene received an Acts Six Scholarship from GFU, made the dean's list in several semesters and has used her platform as a track athlete to read poetry on Ted Talks, receiving more than 12,000 views
"Asia is someone who came to us with no track experience and rewrote our school records in the long jump, 100 and 200," Smith said. "She won multiple conference championships and All-America awards. She was not only a great competitor, but also always made friends along with those competing against her, and she showed genuine sportsmanship in every sense of the word. I know that she will be someone who pours herself into the youth that she will be teaching, mentoring and coaching, and will have a great impact."
Of the 107 Bruins to be named NWC scholar athletes, 21 also earned a first team or second team All-NWC honor during their respective sports season. The women's track and field team recorded the most NWC scholar athletes with 25. The conference also broke its record after recognizing a total of 1,083 student-athletes.