ST. LOUIS -- Peter Cole of Creighton University and Stephanie Tokarz of Wichita State University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Cole and Tokarz were honored for their performances during the period of October 8-14. 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.
"Our continued corporate partnership with Prairie Farms provides an important vehicle by which to honor our top student-athletes," said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. "Our student-athletes are the league’s best representatives, and we’re happy to recognize Peter (Cole) and Stephanie (Tokarz) for their athletic and academic achievements."
A member of the Creighton men’s cross country team, Cole, a senior from Denver, Colo., led the Bluejays to the title of the 13-team University of Evansville Invitational on Saturday, October 13.
Cole, who has a 3.655 cumulative grade-point average in English, finished second of 132 runners on the 8K course in a time of 24:37 -- 74 seconds faster than his time on the same course in 2006. The only runner to beat Cole was former All-MVC standout Nick Waninger, who ran unattached.
A middle blocker for the Wichita State women’s volleyball team, Tokarz, a sophomore from Wichita, Kan., powered the Shockers to a pair of road wins, including a three-game sweep of then-league leader Creighton (3-0 on Oct. 12) and Drake (3-0 on Oct. 13).
Tokarz, who has a 3.514 cumulative grade-point average in women’s studies, averaged 2.0 blocks and 4.0 kills per game while hitting .429 for the two matches. The Valley’s Defensive Player of the Week, Tokarz had a match-high six blocks, including two solos and four assists, versus Creighton and collected four blocks in just two games against Drake.
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.