The award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the field or court of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale, must have reached sophomore status academically with one full year at the current institution of enrollment and must have participated in over half of the team's competitions during the current season.
Wierenga was named First-Team Academic All-District for the first time after being named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and placed on the Academic All-Crossroads League team last season. The senior boasts a 3.90 GPA as a computer science and graphic design major and has been a consistent presence in the women's soccer program over the past four years. The Grandville, Michigan native has made 65 starts in her career and was named the 2016 Crossroads League Midfielder of the Year on Tuesday.
Glock was also named to the First-Team Academic All-District for the first time after being named NAIA Scholar-Athlete and being selected to the Academic All-Crossroads League team a year ago. The senior posts a 3.91 GPA as a public relations major and has been key contributor for the Trojan defense in her career. Over the past three seasons, the Warsaw, Indiana product has started 42 games and helped TU hold 24 opponents scoreless.
Engelkes was the third TU team member named to the First-Team Academic All-District for the first time. The sophomore owns a 4.00 GPA as a management and marketing major and has been solid in the net for Taylor in her two years. The Rockford, Michigan native has notched 11 complete-game shutouts, including seven this season, helping the defense to a 0.65 goals-against-average in 2016.
Kammer was the fourth team member named to the First-Team Academic All-District for the first time. The junior posts a 3.66 GPA as a pre-art therapy major and has been a vital piece for the TU offense in her career. The Omaha, Nebraska product has netted 12 career goals, with half of those being game-winners. This season, Kammer has found the back of the net five times, the most she has scored in a season in her three years at TU.
The four honors for Taylor were tied with Duke, Johns Hopkins, Trinity and Hardin-Simmons for the second-most among all institutions of any level, trailing only William Smith's five selections.
Wierenga, Glock, Engelkes and Kammer will now be placed on the national ballot for the CoSIDA All-America team, which will be announced on November 17.