Fall sports season closes with four NJCAA All-Americans

Fall sports season closes with four NJCAA All-Americans

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus State Community College Cougars hauled in a total of four All-American awards for its fall sports seasons. Two student-athletes received First Team All-American honors while Second Team and Third Team were received by one student-athlete each.

HANNAH WALLACE

Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Wallace was named First Team All-American as well as First Team All-OCCAC for her stellar year at the net for the Cougars.

Leading the Columbus State to a 5th place national finish, Wallace completed this season as 11th in the country in blocks per set (1.32) and in the top 25 in attack percentage (.368). Wallace concludes her Columbus State career with a two-year total of 423 kills, 331 total blocks, and 229 digs.

The Orient, Ohio native is the daughter of Shannon and Ken Wallace. She is the 8th volleyball player in school history to receive First Team All-American honors.

CODY NULL

Freshman cross country runner Cody Null was named First Team All-American as well as Central Region Male Athlete of the Year for his solid performances throughout the season. Null averaged a time of 29:51.3 across six 8k races.

Leading the Cougars to top 10 national finish at the NCJAA DIII Men's Cross Country Championships, Null's time of 29:31.7 at the national meet earned him a top five spot and all-American honors.

The Dublin, Ohio native is the son of Jodi and Paul Null. He is only the second men's cross country runner in school history to receive First Team All-American honors.

STEVIE SHEPHERD

Sophomore standout runner Stevie Shepherd was named Second Team All-American after her sixth place finish at the NJCAA DIII Women's Cross Country Championships. As the Region XII DIII Champion, she averaged a time of 21:06 over the season's 5k races.

Shepherd's time of 20:39.2 and sixth place finish put her at second-team all-American status, a nine-place improvement from last season's national championships where she finished 15th overall. The women's cross country team finished as National Runner-Up, the best finish in the school history.

The Sidney, Ohio native is the daughter of Shirley and Chris Shepherd. She is only the second women's cross country runner in school history to achieve all-American status twice.

LAURA HILL

Freshman cross country runner Laura Hill was named Third Team All-American after her 15th place finish at the NJCAA DIII Women's Cross Country Championships. Hill crossed the finish line at 21:37.9, earning her a top 15 spot and all-American honors.

The Worthington, Ohio native is the daughter of Kristen and Richard Hill. Hill is the first women's cross country runner in school history to receive Third Team All-American honors. Additionally, this season was the first year ever that two women's cross country runners were named as All-Americans.