ST. LOUIS -- Scott Reed of Wichita State University and Lindsay Whorton of Drake University have been selected the Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Reed and Whorton were honored for their performances during the period of Feb. 4-10. 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 distance runner for the Wichita State men’s track and field team, Reed, a junior from Omaha, Neb., won the 5,000 meters at the adidas Classic in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Reed, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average in aerospace engineering, finished the race in a time of 14:51.37 -- a personal-best effort and the third-fastest indoor 5,000-meter performance in the Missouri Valley Conference thus far in 2008.
A guard for the Drake women’s basketball team, Whorton, a senior from Independence, Mo., scored 16 of her game-high 18 points in the second half against Creighton on Saturday, Feb. 9, to power the Bulldogs to a 72-52 victory versus the Bluejays.
Whorton, who has a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average in English and elementary education, fueled a 22-6 Drake run to start the second half with seven points. Whorton, who hit 6-of-11 field goals and 3-of-4 three-point tries in the game, added four assists and three steals in the contest.
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.