DICKINSON, N.D. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that 351 women's cross-country student-athletes have been named 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Blue Hawk student-athlete, Brittney Grove, was one of those to earn the award. Grove is a Billings, Montana native and has been a member of the Blue Hawks' three North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference titles in cross-country. Grove has also been a part of Blue Hawk Track and Field team. Grove is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors and Leadership Program, studying Psychology and minoring in Leadership. Grove is one of the 12 NSAA cross-country student-athletes to receive the award this season.
Coach Wittkopp noted how much Grove does beyond athletics, "Brittney was named scholar athlete as well as a champion of character. There isn't a more deserving young lady. She maintains good grades while volunteering at St. Benedict's. She is a great person and a competitor."
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.