Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: North Dakota State

Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: North Dakota State

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

Tim Colwell, Baseball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Shoreview, Minn.
Major: Liberal Arts and Humanities
GPA:  4.00

Preseason All-America third team by the National College Baseball Writers Association...All-Midwest Region last spring by the American Baseball Coaches Association...NDSU's first such honors at the Division I level...Starting center fielder and leadoff hitter in all 60 games last year...Led North Dakota State to a school-record 40 wins last year with a .381 batting average, 244 at-bats, 93 hits, 62 runs, nine triples, 12 stolen bases, 25 walks, a .438 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage...In the NCAA Division I statistics, ranked 31st in batting average, 26th in runs scored, 20th in total hits, and third in triples...Led The Summit League in all four categories...Had a 34-game on-base streak during the 2012 season including a 13-game hitting streak...Twice tied the NDSU single-game record with five hits at Northern Colorado and at Western Illinois...Hit 10-for-18 (.556) with two walks and four runs scored in four Summit League Tournament games and was named to the all-tournament team...2012 All-Summit League First Team and Capital One Academic All-America® First Team selection...2011 and 2012 Summit League Distinguished Scholar and 2012 Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence honoree.

Maddie McClellan, Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Perham, Minn.
Major: English Educations
GPA: 4.00 

Placed seventh overall at the 2012 Summit League Cross Country Championships to earn First Team All-Summit League honors ... Helped NDSU to its second-straight league title in cross country ... NDSU's No. 3 finisher at the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regional in cross country, placing 46th out of 211 individuals and helping the Bison to a seventh-place team finish ... NDSU school record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase, running 10:19.39 in 2012 ... 2012 Summit League champion in the steeplechase, setting league, facility and school records in the process ... Ranks No. 7 all-time at NDSU in the indoor mile after running 4:55.48 at the Husker Invitational in February 2012 ... Also ranks seventh all-time at NDSU in the indoor 5,000m and 8th in the outdoor 1500m ... Place-winner in five events at The Summit League Track & Field Championships in 2012 (indoor: mile, 5000m; outdoor: 1500m, steeplechase, 5000m) ... NCAA West Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the 3,000m steeplechase, placing 14th.

Casey Orgon, Men’s Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Bemidji, Minn.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
GPA:  3.42

Currently ranks No. 5 in the nation in the weight throw for the 2012-13 indoor season ... Became the NDSU school record holder in the weight throw and hammer throw in 2012 ... Improved his weight throw school record mark to 63-06.00 (19.35m) in the first meet of this season on Dec. 7 ... Set the NDSU school record in the hammer throw at 197-07 in 2012 ... No. 5 all-time at NDSU in the indoor shot put with his throw of 53-10.50 in the 2012 season ... No. 7 all-time at NDSU in the outdoor shot put ... 2012 Summit League Champion in the weight throw and hammer throw, while placing in the top-six in the shot put both indoors and outdoors ... NCAA West Preliminary Rounds qualifier in the hammer throw ... Also won a Summit League title in the hammer throw as a sophomore in 2011 and was the league runner-up in the weight throw.