Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne's Brittany Beard, Brenna Sherwood and Joe Edwards
Fort Wayne's Brittany Beard, Brenna Sherwood and Joe Edwards

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The October installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Fort Wayne.

Brittany Beard, Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: So./Angola, Ind.
Major: Elementary Education
GPA:  3.62

Though only a sophomore, Brittany is making a name for herself in both track & field and cross country. In cross country, she help lead the Mastodons to a fifth-place finish at the Eastern Illinois Walt Crawford Open in September 2014, where she placed first with a personal-best time of 18:15.60, over 15 seconds better than she ran the previous week. She has already been named twice as The Summit League Athlete of the Week this fall. In a 6K race in New York, she ran the second-fastest league time this year. Brittany is a leader both on and off the track and the coach’s look forward to her continued improvement over the next two years. Her coach states, “I think that a true indicator of her value to our team is how much her teammates care about her. She has gained their respect and admiration not due to her great performances but by how she consistently encourages and cares about each of them”.

Brenna Sherwood, Women’s Golf
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Elkhart, Ind.
Major: Accounting/Finance
GPA: 4.0


Brenna Sherwood is pursuing a double major in accounting and finance and a minor in psychology. Last spring, Brenna earned the first ever individual title for IPFW at the Bulldog Florida Invitational and she had a season average of 82.86, ranking her sixth all-time in school history. Brenna was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society in spring 2014. She is also a member of IPFW’s SAAC.

Joe Edwards, Men’s Basketball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Chicago, Ill.
Major: Computer Science
GPA:  3.29

Joe is an outstanding young man. He played in all 36 games last year, starting 23 times, and scored a season high 19 points at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. More than scoring, Joe is a team leader both on and off the court. His coach states that he is one of the hardest workers on the team and is the person they look to when the team is struggling on the court. He was inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society this past spring 2014 and maintains an excellent work ethic in the classroom.

Information written and compiled by IPFW.