BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Morehead State University has been awarded the 2010-11 Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. The award is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes earn a 3.25 grade point average or higher for that academic year.
Tennessee Technological University was second, followed by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri State University.
It marks the 11th time Morehead State has won the honor in the 25 years it has been awarded, an OVC record. The Eagles claimed the award for the second year in a row and sixth time in the last seven years. Eastern Kentucky University is next on the list with eight crowns and Austin Peay State University has two awards while Jacksonville State University, Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee at Martin and former member Middle Tennessee State University have earned one award apiece.
The league also announced the recipients of 16 OVC Team Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented annually in each Conference-sponsored sport to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher. Southeast Missouri State claimed an OVC-best five team awards, followed by Jacksonville State who had three awards. In all, seven different member institutions garnered at least one award.
The team/institution honorees are:
Baseball: Southeast Missouri State
Men's Basketball: SIU Edwardsville
Women's Basketball: Southeast Missouri State
Men's Cross Country: Southeast Missouri State
Women's Cross Country: Jacksonville State
Football: Southeast Missouri State
Men's Golf: SIU Edwardsville
Women's Golf: Austin Peay
Rifle: Jacksonville State
Women's Soccer: Morehead State
Softball: Tennessee Tech
Men's Tennis: Eastern Kentucky
Women's Tennis: Austin Peay
Men's Track and Field: Southeast Missouri State
Women's Track and Field: Tennessee Tech
Women's Volleyball: Morehead State and Jacksonville State
A Record 164 Student-Athletes Awarded OVC Medals of Honor; 1,039 Tabbed For Commissioner's Honor Roll
It was also announced that a record 164 Ohio Valley Conference student-athletes received the Medal of Honor for the 2010-11 season. The Medal of Honor is given annually to the student-athlete who achieves the highest grade point average in a Conference-sponsored sport. The 164 honorees are the most in the history of the award, surpassing the record of 146 in 2009-10. It also marks the seventh year in a row there have been over 100 winners. Everyone that earned a Medal of Honor carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the year. Of the 164 award winners, 18 were awarded Medals of Honor for multiple sports (and counted just once in the final recipients list).
The OVC also announced that 1,039 student-athletes were named to the 2010-11 OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll, just five off the all-time record (set each of the last two seasons). To be listed, recipients must have achieved at least a 3.25 grade point average and have been eligible and on the team throughout the competitive season in their chosen NCAA-sponsored sport(s) and used a season of competition (they could not have redshirted). Those numbers included 41 student-athletes who compete in non-OVC championship sports that do not compete in another conference (i.e. Southeast Missouri gymnastics, UT Martin equestrian, Eastern Illinois rugby and SIUE wrestling) and 82 student-athletes who were recipients in multiple sports (and counted just once in the final total).