Indiana State track senior Leeann Michl and basketball sophomore Justin Gant have been named December’s Sycamore Scholar-Athletes of the Month, sponsored by State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant.
Michl, who holds a 3.45 grade point average in Physical Education Exercise Science, was a double winner at the EIU Early Bird on Dec. 7th, which opened the Sycamore indoor track and field season. Michl won the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.17 and then joined Macey Black, Stacia Weatherford, and Shelby Higginbottom in winning the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:50.66. Michl’s 800 meter converted time of 2:12.64 was the best in the Valley and was also the third best time in the nation. The converted relay time of 3:47.64 was also the best in the conference and ranked 13th nationally. For the last two years, Michl has served as a peer mentor for Sycamore Athletic Academic Services.
In the month of December, Gant, who boasts a 3.48 grade point average in Criminology, averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while hitting 44.9 percent of his shots (22-of-49). He was 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line and added three assists, four blocked shots and a steal over the seven-game stretch, which was highlighted by a third-place finish at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii with victories over Ole Miss and Miami. Against Ole Miss, Gant scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his first career double-double while playing a career-high 41 minutes. He added nine points against nationally ranked San Diego State. Gant recorded his second double-double with a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds in the MVC opener against Illinois State, hitting 8-of-13 shots from the field. Gant is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Created in September 2012, the Sycamore Scholar-Athlete of the Month Award, sponsored by State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant, will be presented each month (September through April) to a male and female student-athlete who has excelled in academics, athletics and leadership. The program is designed to recognize Sycamore student-athletes for being positive role models for Indiana State University and to motivate and encourage excellence.
Student-athletes are nominated based on the following criteria:
Academic Excellence. To be eligible for nomination, the student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
Athletic Excellence. The student-athlete has competed to the best of his/her ability throughout the month and exemplified great effort and tenacity during practice and competition.
Involvement. The student-athlete must show leadership in and out of competition, participate in community service and applicable SAAC and life skills programming as well as show Sycamore spirit by supporting other teams and sporting events.
State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant, 2001 Poplar Avenue, Terre Haute, (812) 232-0758, www.sandyjbryant.com.