Lansing, Carlson Named Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

      ST. LOUIS -- Olivia Lansing of Drake University and Ben Carlson of Missouri State University have been selected the Prairie Farms Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today.  Lansing and Carlson were honored for their performances during the period of April 14-20.  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 member of the Drake women’s golf team, Lansing, a sophomore from Dellwood, Minn., earned individual medalist honors at the State Farm MVC Championship at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha, Neb., on April 13-15.


      Lansing, who has a 3.52 cumulative grade-point average in graphic design/advertising, shot a three-round total of 227 (77-73-77), which was 14 over par under frigid conditions.  In fact, Lansing was one of only two league players to shot under 80 strokes all three rounds.


      An infielder for the Missouri State baseball team, Carlson, a sophomore from Topeka, Kan., batted .526 (10-for-19) with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI, as the Bears split a pair of non-conference games (defeated Arkansas-Little Rock, 9-5, on April 15 but lost to Kansas, 7-6, on April 16) and took two of three games from Bradley (winning 12-2 on April 19 and 12-6 on April 20 and losing 9-6 on April 19). 


      The MVC Player of the Week, Carlson, who has a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average in business, hit safely in all five contests, extending his batting streak to 11 and collected at least two hits and two RBI in four of the games.  He went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI in the series opener at Bradley.


      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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