Friday, January 25, 2013 | Tennis, Athletics, Track & Field
Goodman, Fortney Named Scholar Athletes

ST. LOUIS -- Robin Goodman of Drake University and Kim Fortney of Southern Illinois have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Goodman and Fortney were honored for their performances during the period of January 14 through January 20.

Now in its 14th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.

Drake junior Robin Goodman registered a pair of championships at the MVC Individuals this past weekend en route to sparking the Bulldogs to a school- and conference-record nine titles. Goodman paired with senior Jean Erasmus to earn an 8-6 decision past Alvaro Gutierrez and Matheus Pereira of Wichita State at No. 2 doubles.

In singles, he recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win over Erik Brunskog of Illinois State in the No. 2 draw. The championships marked Goodman’s second career crowns in both singles and doubles at the MVC Individuals. Goodman holds a 3.56 grade-point average as a Business Management Major

Kim Fortney picked up an event title in the shot put Saturday at the Illini Classic, helping the SIU women finish second out of eight teams in the competition. Fortney took the win with a heave of 52-0.25 to beat the nearest competitor by two feet. The Saluki senior also placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 62-03.75, finishing just 3.5 inches shy of teammate DeAnna Price’s winning mark.

To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.

Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.