Abby Harsh of Wichita State University and Jeff Grassmeyer of Drake University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Harsh and Grassmeyer were honored for their performances during the period of October 1-7. Now in its ninth year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
"Prairie Farms and its family of dairies have been the only sponsors of this worthwhile endeavor by the Missouri Valley Conference," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. "We are grateful for Prairie Farms continued recognition of our student-athletes for their athletic performance and their academic success."
A setter for the Wichita State women’s volleyball team, Harsh, a senior from Newton, Kan., earned State Farm MVC offensive player-of-the-week honors, as the Shockers won at Missouri State (four games on Oct. 5), snapping an 11-match homecourt winning streak by the Bears.
Harsh, who has a 3.54 cumulative grade-point average in social work, established a school record for assists (75), averaged 18.75 assists and 3.0 digs per game and recorded her seventh double-double of the season. She also distributed the ball well as four Shocker hitters finished with double-digit kills.
A member of the Drake men’s cross country team, Grassmeyer, a junior from Fremont, Neb., helped lead the Bulldogs to the team title of the Brooks Memphis Twilight Cross Country Meet in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, Oct. 6. Drake took the top spot in the forty-six team field.
Grassmeyer, who has a 3.52 cumulative grade-point average in secondary education, finished the 8K course in a time of 25:10.7, finishing 17th among 341 participants, and collected State Farm MVC Cross Country athlete-of-the-week laurels.
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.