Nine athletes from around the area competing at the University of North Dakota earned Summit League Academic honor roll distinctions according to a league announcement Thursday, July 18.

Detroit Lakes led the way with four individuals: Jay Nielsen, Kyley Foster, Abby Schramel and Matty Tschider.

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Foster recently completed her senior season with the Fighting Hawks women’s track team. She is school record holder in pole vault, a multiple All-American, UND’s first-ever Summit League champion, a Big Sky Conference champion, a two-time UND female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in all sports and graduated with a degree in commercial aviation among many other distinctions.

Nielsen keeps the DL track and field connection going after finishing his freshman year throwing for the men’s team. He is majoring in kinesiology.

Tschider also completed her senior season and elementary education degree. She joined UND’s women’s golf team in 2015 after transferring from Augustana. 

Schramel, a sophomore psychology major, found her way into the Fighting Hawks women’s golf starting lineup during the 2019 season continuing that Laker tradition.

The remaining five honorees were Ellie Morgan, a freshman pre-dietetics major and former Frazee Hornet track and field and cross country standout; Rebecca Huus of Perham, a marketing junior and golf teammate of Schramels; seniors Bailey Strand (basketball) and Connor Danielson (track) of Fergus Falls and New York Mills sophomore Lydia Rutten (volleyball).

The University of North Dakota had 143 student-athletes among the 1,370 to earn the distinction. Student-athletes must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), on a 4.0 scale, for the year awarded and have used a season of competition (a year of athletic eligibility) in the sport in which he/she is nominated.

The full list includes students from all nine member institutions and four affiliate members competing in 17 different sports.

The UND women's track & field team led all Fighting Hawks teams with 41 honorees while the men's track & field team placed 24 on the list.