Indiana State basketball senior Taylor Whitley and track senior Dustin Betz have been named January’s Sycamore Scholar-Athletes of the Month, sponsored by State Farm Agent Sandy Bryant.
Whitley, who holds a 3.79 grade point average in Physical Education, averaged 11.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game during the month of January. Whitley went 26-for-66 (39.4%) from the field, while leading the team by shooting 23-for-27 (85.2%) from the free-throw line. Whitley and the Sycamores have won four of their last five games, including the last three straight, and are 15-8 on the season. After a solid January, the senior from Geneva, Ill., entered the month of February needing just 45 points to become the 26th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana State as did so in ISU’s win over Drake on February 10th. She also ranks seventh in career assists and career steals at Indiana State. Whitley is student teaching this semester at Riley Elementary and Franklin Elementary in Terre Haute.
Betz earned himself the top step of the podium three times in January, winning the mile at the Coughlan-Malloy Cup and the Indiana University Relays while also taking first in the 3,000 meters at the Gene Edmonds Cup. An Aviation Management major who carries a 3.29 grade point average, Betz was dominate in his win of the mile at the Coughlan-Malloy Cup in 4:17.57 and lowered that time in winning the same event in another dominating performance at the Indiana University Relays with a time of 4:12.66. At the Gene Edmonds Cup, he pulled out to a huge lead on the final two laps to post the win the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:33.35. The Schnellville, Ind., native 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.