NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
A total of 53 CSUN student-athletes were named to the 2014 Academic All-Big West Winter and Spring Sports Team, the league office announced. The women's track and field program led the Matadors with an impressive 17 student-athletes while Big West Champion women's basketball placed five on the on the squad, including Big West Conference Player of the Year Ashlee Guay.
To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 GPA, participate in at least 50 percent of their team's contests and have spent at least one year at the institution.
The CSUN women's track and field program, which finished second at the Big West Conference Outdoor Championships, had eight seniors and nine returning letterwinners receive academic honors. Included in the haul were All-Americans Hafsatu Kamara and Le'Shel Vines, who were part of the Matadors' 4x100 team that finished 10th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
On the CSUN women's basketball squad, five Matadors earned the academic distinction, including four returning letterwinners for the 2014-15 season. In addition to Guay, Camille Mahlknecht, the Big West Defensive Player of the Year, earned the academic award.
Big West Women's Golf Player of the Year Clariss Guce was joined by two of her teammates on the team. Guce finished tied for eighth at the NCAA West Regionals and became the first Matador women's golfer to compete at the NCAA Championships since 2004.
Among the other Matador squads to be recognized, the men's basketball program saw three of its members honored: Landon Drew, Stephan Hicks and Stephen Maxwell. CSUN made a spirited run in the 2014 Big West Tournament and all three academic honorees join a host of returning players for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign on the "Black Top" Matador court.
Men's track and field also had a healthy showing on the Spring Sports Team as eight student-athletes received awards. Seniors Jordan Taylor, third in the 100m at the Big West Outdoor Championships, and Derion Taylor, second in the triple jump at the league championships, were among the recipients.
After reaching the Big West Championship match, the CSUN women's water polo program saw seven Matadors earn the distinction. Among the recipients, All-Americans Lindsy Duncan and Marisa Young took home the award.
The CSUN softball program placed four on the team, including three returning letterwinners for 2015. Men's golf, women's tennis and baseball each had two student-athletes named to the team.
Graduating senior Lorraine Cheung of the women's tennis program capped off an outstanding career, including the ITA Western Regional Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, in earning the honors.
Men's Track and Field
Cameron Van Dieren
Women's Track and Field
Women's Water Polo