posted June 7, 2010

All-American Tracksters Honored for Academics

Two Hope athletes who achieved All-America honors in track & field are being honored for excellence in the classroom.

Senior Jeffrey Minkus of Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West HS) and junior John Donkersloot of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District men's track & field and cross country teams.

As first team honorees, they are now eligible Academic All-America consideration in the program sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Both athletes achieved All-America honors from the NCAA and U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their medal-winning performances at the Division III national championships.

Donkersloot finished third in the high jump for the second straight year while Minkus became Hope's first All-American in the triple jump with a fourth place finish.

Both athletes have maintained a 3.9 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, Minkus as a mathematics major and a minor in Spanish and Donkersloot with a chemistry major and a minor in philosophy.

This past spring Minkus was named to Phi Beta Kappa, the highest academic honor that can be presented a senior student, while Donkersloot was named to Mortar Board, a national honor society for undergraduates.

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