Tribune-Star staff report
TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State sophomore John Mascari has been named the 2013 Great Lakes Region Male Athlete of the Year for cross country.
Region athletes and coaches of the year for the 2013 NCAA Division I season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Mascari won the Great Lakes Region last Friday in a school-record and Wisconsin course-record time of 30 minutes, 5 seconds for 10,000 meters. The victory was his fifth of the season and came a week after he won the Missouri Valley Conference championship in a time of 23:56 for 8,000 meters.
Mascari is the first Indiana State men’s athlete to win the award and joins former NCAA champions Kylie Hutson and Felisha Johnson as the only Sycamores to win the award.
Mascari will race in the NCAA championships Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. The men’s race will begin at noon, with the women’s race following at 1:15 p.m.
• Three Sycamores honored — Three Indiana State women’s players have been selected as Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes, according to an announcement by the league Tuesday.
Senior defender Shelby Troyer, sophomore midfielder Kate Johnson and sophomore forward Sydney Loesing were named to the list, which was voted upon by league sports information directors.
A total of 17 student-athletes were named to the list out of the league’s seven participating women’s soccer schools. Troyer and Loesing earned first-team honors, while Johnson was awarded a spot on the honorable-mention team.
Troyer owns a 3.97 GPA in physical education and exercise science at ISU. The three-time All-MVC selection started in all 19 games of the season and recorded an assist. Troyer was a key member of the defensive unit that posted four shutouts on the season.
Loesing has a 3.93 GPA in nursing and was a key reserve for ISU this season, playing in all 19 games. She recorded two goals and an assist for five points along with a .538 shots-on-goal percentage and one game-winning goal against Northern Iowa.
Johnson, a communications major with a 3.81 GPA, was the Sycamores second-leading scorer in 2013, recording eight goals and five assists for 21 points in her sophomore season. She held a .488 shots-on-goal percentage and recorded three game-winning goals.
The Sycamores are coming off their most successful season in program history where they posted the first winning record ever with a 10-9-0 finish in 2013. In addition, ISU reached the MVC title game for the second consecutive season and posted a program-best second-place finish in the league with a 4-2 record.