Three Mount Vernon Nazarene College athletes were recently recognized for their accomplishments both in their sport and in the classroom when the NAIA released its list of Academic All-Americans for spring sports.
Jeff Lavin and Jeff Wine, members of the MVNC baseball team, and Matt Durst, a member of the Cougar golf team, were all selected as NAIA Academic All-Americans in their respective sports.
Lavin, a senior catcher from Mercer, Pennsylvania, batted .311 with 41 hits, seven doubles, four home runs, nine runs scored, and 21 runs batted in. A Biology major with a 3.68 grade point average, the former West Middlesex High School standout was named to the NAIA Academic All-American Team for the second straight year.
Wine, a junior outfielder from Bourbonnais, Illinois, batted .343 with a team-high 59 hits, 12 doubles, and 51 runs scored. The former Bourbonnais-Bradley High School star also recorded one triple, two home runs, 23 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. A Biology (Pre-Medicine) major, Wine has compiled a 3.57 grade point average so far.
Durst, a junior from Westerville, Ohio, helped the MVNC golf team to a 76-25 overall record in 2000 with a second-place finish in the American Mideast Conference and a third-place finish in NAIA Region IX. The former Westerville North High School product who is majoring in Communication has posted a 3.87 grade point average.
In order to be eligible for NAIA Academic All-American honors, an athlete must be a junior or a senior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.