NJCAA names three SGC student-athletes as athletes of distinction | People
DOUGLAS, GA - News release from South Georgia College
As the 2011-2012 academic year winds down, the South Georgia College Department of Athletics has received some of the best news of the year -- three SGC student-athletes have been named Athletes of Distinction by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
This announcement comes after the athletic program has enjoyed another exciting year. Seven of the college’s teams qualified for post-season competition, with the men’s and women’s swim teams competing in their national meet. The men finished fifth while the women came in sixth in the country.
At SGC, athletes are students first, and these academic awards demonstrate the emphasis SGC places on academic achievement. Minerva Arreguin (women’s cross country), a sophomore from Avon Park, Fla.; Sarah Snipes (women’s cross country), a sophomore from Douglas; and Ashley Williams (softball), a sophomore from Hazlehurst; have received the NJCAA’s Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. Earlier this year, both Arreguin and Snipes were named Academic All Americans by the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association.
Snipes is majoring in sociology and plans to attend the Valdosta State University in the fall.
Arreguin finishes her career at South Georgia College as the most decorated runner in the program’s history. She holds five of the top 10 fastest women’s times, and she is the only two-time All Conference selection.
Arreguin is a nursing major, and she plans to remain at South Georgia College in the fall in order to finish her nursing degree. Williams finished the 2012 softball season with 57 innings pitched, 16 strikeouts, two wins and a save.