NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Blugolds.com) – UW-Eau Claire women's track & field student-athlete Erin Schoenfelder (Sr.-Antioch, Ill./Antioch Community) has been named the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship.
Schoenfelder, an elementary education major, currently holds a 3.98 GPA. Schoenfelder earned the award during the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship banquet Thursday evening in Naperville, Ill. She is the first Blugold in history to receive an Elite 89 award.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Schoenfelder won the 2013 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference indoor 60-meter hurdles championship with a school record time of 8.87 seconds, earning a spot to compete at nationals. She will also compete on the Blugolds' 4x400-meter relay team at nationals, which will be contested March 8-9 in Naperville.