Mohamed, Gans Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Thursday, November 15, 2007
ST. LOUIS -- Mohamed Mohamed of Southern Illinois University and Marcy Gans of Creighton University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Mohamed and Gans were honored for their performances during the period of Nov. 5-11.  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 Mohamed (Mohamed) and Marcy (Gans) for their athletic and academic achievements."

A member of the Southern Illinois men’s cross country team, Mohamed, a junior from Carol Stream, Ill., was selected as one of 38 at-large qualifiers for the 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championship, following his 14th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Mohamed, who has a 3.065 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, posted a time of 30 minutes, 28 seconds on the 10K course. With his performance, Mohamed is the only Missouri Valley Conference runner to earn a spot at the NCAA meet.

A forward for the Creighton women’s soccer team, Gans, a junior from Raymore, Mo., led the Bluejays to the State Farm MVC Tournament championship on Nov. 9 and 11, earning MVP laurels in the process.

Gans, who has a 3.51 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science/pre-medicine, recorded the hat trick in State Farm MVC Tournament history against Evansville on Nov. 9 in a 3-2 triumph. The first-team All-MVC selection then assisted on the game-tying goal against Illinois State in the title match to force overtime and converted on her penalty kick attempt, as CU edged the Redbirds, 4-3, in the shootout on Nov. 11.

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.

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