STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Mallory Batson and Maria Roos were named to the 2011 National Golf Coaches Association's All-American Scholar Team.
The criteria for this selection are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative grade point average is 3.50, and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's regularly scheduled rounds during the year.
"Mallory and Maria were able to represent Mississippi State in an exemplary way with this recognition," MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "The student-athlete has so much demanded of them in today's world. When we are able to have two players be able to keep at least a 3.5 GPA and be productive on the golf course, it shows that our girls are very committed and multi-talented. I am very proud of what Mallory and Maria accomplished this season."
Batson, a Gadsden, Ala., native, graduated in May with a degree in elementary education. This marks her third year to win the award. Roos, a native of Uppsala, Sweden, is a first-time winner. The former Lady Bulldog was a communications major.
The Southeastern Conference posted 28 scholar-athletes on the All-Scholar Team.
Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A pair of former Bulldog sprinters will compete on a global level, starting with the 2011 Track and Field World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in September.
Brothers Steve and Dwight Mullings were standout sprinters at Mississippi State, and now they will get the chance to standout for their native Jamaica as the pair qualified for the Jamaican National Team during the Jamaican Championships back in June.
"Steve and Dwight are some of the most talented athletes I have ever seen," MSU coach Steve Dudley said. "They were proud to wear the Maroon and White, and now they get the chance to exchange those jerseys for Jamaican jerseys and compete on a global level."
Steve, the second fastest man in the 100-meter dash this year, qualified in the 100m and 200m dashes and the 4x100m relay, while Dwight will compete in the 4x400m relay.
During their time at MSU, the brothers found their way into the school record books in multiple events. Steve is fourth all-time in the 100m dash, fifth in the 200m dash and was a member of the third ranked 4x400m relay team. Dwight, who is ranked just above Steve in the 100m dash at third, is also a member of the school-record holding 4x200m relay team and was a member of the second place 4x400m relay team at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Scribner Inching Way Toward Olympics
But it's not just the Mullings brothers enjoying success. Former Mississippi State distance runner Robert Scribner is one step closer to his dreams of Olympic glory.
The Tupelo native qualified for the Olympic Qualifying Trial at the Bayshore Half-Marathon in Traverse City, Mich., in June. The 25-year old finished a full three minutes ahead of the next runner, en route to a course record-breaking time of 1:04:51.5.
Next, Scribner will travel to Houston, Texas, in January to compete at the Olympic Marathon Qualifying Trails in hopes of earning a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Team.
"Robert was one of the most decorated distance runners to ever compete at MSU," cross country coach Houston Franks said. "He lives the life of a runner. He puts his heart and soul into running and is an extremely hard worker. He was a national qualifier at MSU and to see him as a national qualifier again is quite impressive."
Scribner competed for the Bulldogs from 2005-09, where he was a national qualifier in cross country. A four-time letterman, he holds the school record in the 10,000 meter run (29:07.06).