Dec. 10, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Forty-three Ohio State fall student-athletes were named to the Big Ten Academic All-Conference Team for the fall, the league today announced. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, a student-athlete must be a letterwinner in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a career grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. In all, 510 conference student-athletes were honored.

Indiana ranked first in the conference with 66 honorees. Penn State was second with 64 followed by Northwestern with 54.

The Buckeye football and women’s soccer teams led Ohio State with nine academic honorees each. Men’s soccer had eight team members while women’s cross country had six and men’s cross country had five.

Ohio State cross country runner Sjaan Gerth (So., Bellgrave, Ontario, Canada), a biochemistry major, was the lone Buckeye to earn a perfect 4.0 GPA. Cross country teammate Jonathon White (Jr., Sylvania, Ohio) earned a 3.98 GPA in the field of mechanical engineering.

2001-02 Academic All-Big Ten
Ohio State Fall Honorees

Men’s Cross Country

Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Derrick Butler Jr. 3.95 Chemical Engineering Cincinnati, Ohio
Sjaan Gerth So. 4.00 Biochemistry Belgrave, Ontario
Rob Myers Jr. 3.37 Agribusiness Rushville, Ohio
J.J. O’Reilley Sr. 3.33 Civil Engineering Dover, Ohio
Jonathan White Jr. 3.98 Mechanical Engineering Sylvania, Ohio

Women’s Cross Country

Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Kathy Frye Sr. 3.87 Psychology Bowling Green, Ohio
Karyn Kelly Sr. 3.73 Accounting Westlake, Ohio
Rachael Miller So. 3.29 Biology Barnesville, Ohio
Jennifer Ordway So. 3.41 Exercise Science Holgate, Ohio
Brooke Patterson So. 3.07 Sport & Leisure Studies Lancaster, Ohio
Sarah Sergent So. 3.71 Pre Medicine West Milton, Ohio

Field Hockey

Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Allison Blanton Sr. 3.68 Animal Science Newton, N.J.
Jennifer VanKirk Jr. 3.00 Biology Lititz, Pa.


Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Andy Groom Sr. 3.01 Marketing Columbus, Ohio
Ben Hartsock Jr. 3.65 Biology Chillicothe, Ohio
Harlen Jacobs So. 3.07 Undecided Atlanta, Ga.
Mike Jacobs Sr. 3.06 Sport/Leisure Maumee, Ohio
Jesse Kline Jr. 3.68 Marketing Columbus, Ohio
Jim Kortovich Sr. 3.50 Finance Euclid, Ohio
Craig Krenzel Jr. 3.62 Molecular Genetics Utica, Mich.
Fred Pagac Jr. 3.06 Marketing Columbus, Ohio
Tyson Walter Sr. 3.12 Information Systems Bainbridge, Ohio

Men’s Soccer

Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Daryl Brazeau Sr. 3.24 Family Resource Management Hanover Park, Ill.
G. Chad Brown So. 3.45 Business Finance Rockford, Ill.
Carlos Castro So. 3.71 Engineering Dublin, Ohio
Todd Grossnickle Jr. 3.12 International Business Arlington Heights, Ill.
Sam Migliano So. 3.21 Sport and Leisure Studies Weston, Ontario
Josh Rathweg Jr. 3.23 Business Operations Mgmt. Spring, Texas
David Ridenhour So. 3.78 Business Germantown, Tenn.
A.J. Weber So. 3.13 Business Aurora, Colo.

Women’s Soccer

Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Shelley Besson Jr. 3.79 Psychology Kettering, Ohio
Stacia Daum So. 3.83 Exploring Dublin, Ohio
Lindsay Eckles Jr. 3.02 Exercise Science Hilliard, Ohio
Kiley Enmark Jr. 3.85 Business Marketing Sterling Heights, Mich.
Jen Miller Jr. 3.94 Mechanical Engineering Centerville, Ohio
Courtney Nein Sr. 3.52 Communications Middletown, Ohio
Emily Thorpe Sr. 3.89 English Cincinnati, Ohio
Melanie Vierling Sr. 3.32 Business Marketing Cincinnati, Ohio
Liz White So. 3.46 Exploring Atlanta, Ga.


Name Year GPA Major Hometown
Erin Baker Sr. 3.56 Speech and Hearing Sciences Elmhurst, Ill.
Shelly Draeger Jr. 3.16 Sports and Leisure Studies Milwaukee, Wis.
Suzie Stiling Jr. 3.77 Business Accounting Glenview, Ill.
Katie Virtue Jr. 3.63 Business Marketing St. Charles, Ill.