Jun 27, 2013
 

USD's Mettler named Summit League Scholar-Athlete of the Year

VERMILLION, S.D. -- University of South Dakota junior distance runner Jeff Mettler has been named The Summit League Scholar-Athlete of the Year as selected by the league’s faculty athletic representatives. The award is the most prestigious individual honor given by the league.
 

Mettler becomes USD’s first honoree of the award in the Coyotes’ second year as a Summit League member. He has a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) as a kinesiology and sports science major with a minor in Spanish. He is currently serving a summer internship at CATZ Sports Performance Center in Pasadena, Calif.

“It is exciting to be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year,” said Mettler. “I place a strong emphasis on both my athletics and my academics and to be recognized in this way is incredibly rewarding.”

A native of Eureka, S.D., Mettler is a three-season star at South Dakota. He placed second at the league’s cross country championship in the fall, was named the league’s Indoor Track Championship MVP while leading his team to a Summit League championship in the winter, and was a steeplechase champion and NCAA West Region qualifier in the spring.

Mettler, who was named USD Athlete of the Year in late April, was recently named Capital One Academic All-District by CoSIDA and earned Academic All-League honors in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. In addition to his work on the track and in the classroom, Mettler serves as president of USD’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has volunteered with the community engagement group SERVE.

Fort Wayne junior basketball player Amanda Hyde was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year on the women’s side. Hyde was named The Summit League Player of the Year after averaging a league-best 18.6 points per game. She also maintains a 4.0 GPA as a math and math teaching major with a minor in psychology.

A photo of Mettler is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Jeff_Mettler.jpg.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,200 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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