KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Thursday that 223 men’s and 347 women’s cross country student-athletes have been named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes. Mount Vernon Nazarene University has four honorees, Dan Sharp, Jake Lofton, MaKenzie McKirgan and Rachel Gerber.
In order to be nominated by an institution, 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.
For Lofton, a senior Political Science/International Studies major from Columbus, this is his second year in as many opportunities to receive the award, while Sharp receives recognition in the first year that he is eligible. The junior from Lewis Center is a Computer Science & Electrical Engineer major.
McKirgan, a senior Social Work major from Mount Gilead, and Gerber, a senior Exercise Studies and Sports Management major from Orrville, each earned her second such honor.
McKirgan’s collegiate career will conclude today at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which start at 10:30 a.m. in Cedar, Rapids, Iowa.