February 12, 2009

EWU Names Scholar-Athletes for January

Feb. 12, 2009

Track and field athlete Shene Davis and tennis player Art Karas have been selected by the Eastern Washington University athletics department as its Scholar-Athletes for the month of January.

At the EWU Candy Cane Invitational, Davis qualified for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in the 60 meters and the triple jump. She had a time of 7.18 in the 55 meters, ranking seventh in school history and qualifying her in the 60, and recorded a triple jump mark of 38-3 1/4.

Then, at the Cougar Indoor Invitational in Pullman, Wash., the sophomore had a career-best jump of 38-3 1/2 to rank third on Eastern's all-time best list.

Davis maintains a 3.58 GPA while majoring in math education. She was also named to the Big Sky All-Academic team last season.

Read a Q and A with Davis here.

Karas has the most career wins in Eastern Washington history with 46. The senior also holds the record for the most victories in a season with 18, which was accomplished last season, as he helped the Eagles to the Big Sky Championship.

He is already off to a great start in 2009, having recorded a 5-2 singles mark so far. Included among the wins is a victory over No. 66 Utah's No. 3 player.

Karas attained All-Big Sky honorable mention accolades last season, as well as Big Sky All-Academic accolades the last two seasons. He is majoring in accounting and carries a 3.29 GPA.

Read a Q and A with Karas here.

Women's Scholar-Athletes
September - Ashley Hamilton, volleyball
October - Lauryn Koelzer, soccer
November - Mandy Daniels, volleyball
December - Kyla Evans, basketball
January - Shene Davis, track and field

Men's Scholar-Athletes
September - Paul Limpf, cross country
October - Alex Smyth, cross country
November - Chris Thomas, football
December - Benny Valentine, basketball
January - Art Karas, tennis

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