Alexa Shindruk

Alexa Shindruk competes in a meet for the Central Washington University track & field team.

The office of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference named Central Washington’s Alexa Shindruk as its Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

The award is voted on by the conference’s athletic directors. Shindruk’s accolades from the academic year include five All-American Honors, two All-GNAC Academic Awards, two indoor United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region Honors as well as two outdoor USTFCCCA All-Region Honors. Shindruk also added Cross Country All-American status, was a two-time Second Team All-American for indoor and earned two outdoor All-American Honors. Highlighting an absolutely stellar year for Shindruk was earning the coveted NCAA Elite 90 award for the cross country season.

“It was a super senior year for Alexa,” cross country and track & field Head Coach Kevin Adkisson said. “On the whole, it’s everything we were hoping for. For a person like Alexa, there are usually some pretty big goals, and she hit every one of them. She’s just so reliable. She’s really focused on her goals. She’s a consistent student who really focused on learning. That led to her really growing as a person as a result to all that she was learning. You could really tell how important her education was to her, in conjunction with athletics.”

A GNAC All-Academic Team selection in both cross country and track and field, Shindruk was the recipient of the women’s NCAA’s Elite 90 Award at December’s Division II Cross Country Championships. The award is given to the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level. The Elite 90 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site of each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.

“We had nominated her for the Elite 90 award as a junior, but she lost the tie-breaker because the other person had more credits,” Adkisson added. “She lost the tie-breaker as a junior and then won it as a senior. That was one of the goals we had set for her.”

Last November, Shindruk hustled to a second-place finish at the GNAC Cross Country Championships, with a time of 21:31.1 over 6,000 meters to earn All-GNAC honors. At the NCAA West Region Championships, Shindruk placed eighth with a time of 21:27.52. At the national meet, Shindruk clocked a time of 23:14.7 to finish in 21st place.

Shindruk remained elite as she entered indoor track and field season. The senior took second place in the 3,000 meter run at the GNAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in a time of 10:00.38. She qualified for the national championships in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meter run and earned Second Team All-American honors when she placed ninth in the 3,000 and 11th in the 5,000. Shindruk finished the indoor season with the No. 15 time in Division II in the 3,000 meters (9:42.19) and the No. 16 time in the 5,000 meters (16:48.43).

“We had set the goal to be at every championship,” Adkisson said. “Not only be at every champion, but to be a First Team All-American in every event. She just missed it in indoor. If that’s the only thing we miss, that’s still a pretty amazing year as far as performing well across the board.”

During the outdoor season, Shindruk was the runner-up in the 5,000 at the GNAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, clocking a time of 16:47.08. A qualifier for nationals in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter run, Shindruk earned All-American trophies in both races. She placed seventh in the 5,000 in a time of 17:27.70 and seventh in the 10,000 in a time of 38:04.69. Shindruk finished the outdoor season with the No. 3 time in Division II in the 10,000 (34:25.41) and the No. 17 time in the 5,000 (16:47.08).

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