St. Thomas had a league-best three of the eight recipients of fall sport Elite 22 awards presented by the MIAC. The honor goes to the student-athlete with the top grade-point average at the league championship meet, championship playoff contest, or football top-two team placer.
Tommie student athletes have received 33 of the 96 thus far across the MIAC in the award's five-year history.
The newest UST honorees, all members of 2017 MIAC champion and nationally-ranked teams, are:
- Volleyball, sophomore Ellie Meyer;
- Men's Soccer, sophomore Drew Winkoski;
- Football, sophomore Austin Coates.
Meyer, of Des Plaines, Ill., shown above, played in 23 matches for the Tommies in 2017 before being sidelined with a season-ending arm injury late in the year. An all-conference selection in her first collegiate season a year ago, the sophomore libero has logged 928 digs and 22 service aces in 56 career matches. She has a 3.98 gpa as a Biochemistry major at St. Thomas and was named an Academic All-District selection by CoSIDA last week.
Winkoski of Wales, Wis., saw action in 13 games for the MIAC champion Tommies this season. Part of a men's soccer team that reached the NCAA Elite Eight and set a new school record for wins in a single season, Winkoski has also excelled academically, earning an unblemished 4.0 gpa as an Engineering major at St. Thomas.
Coates, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lined up in the defensive secondary for a St. Thomas defense that led all of NCAA Division III in six different categories in 2017, including fewest rushing yards and first downs allowed per game. The second-year defensive back has a 3.966 gpa in Accounting at St. Thomas. He's also an all-conference hurdler in track and field for the Tommies.