Lady Viking voted top student athletes in the CIAA
April J. Emory June 01, 2008
HAMPTON, VA- Twenty-two student-athletes from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association have been named to the 2008 CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Team.
This year the team recognizes 22 student-athletes, 10 on the First and Second Teams
while two were designated as Honorable Mentions. For the first time in its 11-year
history, the team, which is voted on by the CIAA-Sports Information Directors' Association,
shows an even balance- with both the First and Second team honorees averaging a 3.620
GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
"It is gratifying to celebrate the accomplishments of this year's team. These student-athletes
have truly realized the success that can be attained by finding the balance between
their academic studies and athletic participation," commented Commissioner Leon Kerry.
Headlining the First Team is Christina Hager as the only repeat Commissioner's All-Academic
First Team honoree from a year ago. Hager, a native of Angier, NC and two-time All-CIAA
volleyball performer, just wrapped up her career at ECSU as a two-sport athlete in
volleyball and basketball. Hager graduated earlier this month Magna Cum Laude with
a B.S. in both Business Administration and Accounting.
Hager's basketball teammate Celeste Trahan was also named to the All-Academic First
Team for the after wrapping up the most celebrated career of any female student-athlete
in ECSU history. A six-time All-American, Trahan was named the Daktronics Division
II National Player of the Year after becoming the first woman in Division II history
to post over 2,000 points and 1,500 rebounds in a career. Earlier this season she
was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Third Team as voted by CoSIDA
(College Sports Information Directors of America). Trahan graduated with a B.A. in
Education and finished with Cum Laude honors.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at a
CIAA institution, earned a minimum 3.20 overall grade point average and excelled as
a starter or significant reserve in a CIAA sanctioned sport.
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April J. Emory
ECSU Sports Information Director