CHICKASHA – Two Drover men’s cross country runners were honored this week by being named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Both Matthew Crow and Aaron Manuel earned the honor, which was awarded to 203 men across the country, in the Drovers’ first year of the sport.
A runner must be a junior or senior in academic standing and much maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to become a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
Crow, a biology senior, has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA, despite his tough schedule as a biology major with minors in French and chemistry.
Crow’s fastest 8-kilometer time this season was 31.27, which he did in a race at Oklahoma Baptist in early October. He was a consistent runner who regularly finished in among the first three Drovers.
He is from Collierville, Tenn., and is the son of Terry and Carrie Crow.
Manuel is a double major in math and physics and a junior this year. He has maintained a 3.5 GPA in his years at USAO.
Competing the whole season for the Drovers, Manuel had his personal record 8-kilometer time also in early October at Oklahoma Baptist. He finished the race in 33:55.
Manuel is a junior from Sapulpla. He is the son of Steve and Kerri Manuel.