6 Mac student-athletes honored for academics

By Steve Sell
December 22, 2014

Six McPherson College student-athletes have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. 

Bulldogs honored include Savana Cross, Maci Grimes, Kayla Burke, Kevin Aka, Will Thacker and Ben Kimbrough III.

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.

•  Cross (Wichita, Kan.) was among the 340 cross country runners honored. She had a PR of 19:54.8.

 • Grimes (Andale, Kan.) was one of 456 volleyball players selected as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. The defensive specialist played in all but three of McPherson's sets this past season and recorded 228 digs, third most for the Bulldogs.

• Burke (Derby, Kan.) was one of 578 women's soccer players to receive the scholar-athlete honor, the largest group to be honored. Burke was a center-back for the Bulldog soccer team and played in 1,220 minutes on the year, third-highest for the club.

 • Aka (Paris, France) was one of 414 on the men's soccer list. The Flying Frenchman scored three times and assisted on two others. He scored the game-winner in the match that clinched the 2014 KCAC regular-season title against Bethany College.

• Thacker (Hutchinson, Kan.) was a vital cog for the Bulldogs’ offensive line both of his years at Mac. He earned KCAC honors during his tenure. There were 319 football players on the list.

• Kimbrough (Manhattan, Kan.) was a big-play defensive end for the Bulldog football team and racked up a team-high six sacks for 41 yards. He also had 50 total tackles with 32 being solos.