Eight Pioneers Earn Academic All-American Honors

Eight Alfred State College athletes have earned NJCAA Academic All-Americans for excellence in the classroom.  Cal Ayers (Letchworth), Keenan Hall (Monticello), Kaila Smith (Alfred Almond), Dustin Falkner (Letchworth), and Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) were all named Distinguished Academica All-Americans while Kevin Underhill (Somers), Paul Farrell (St. Francis), and Sarah Palmiter (Alfred Almond) were named All-American.

Ayers played soccer and ran track and field this year.  She scored a goal and passed out two assists on the soccer field and earned All-Region and All-American honors as a member of the National Champion 4 x 100 relay team.  She finished her ASC academic career with a 3.92 GPA.

Hall participated in both indoor and outdoor track and field the past two seasons.  He helped the men's team to Region III Indoor Championships in 2007 & 2008 and the outdoor championship in 2007.  He was named All-Region during the outdoor season this spring.  He accumulated a 3.88 GPA.

Smith has played three different sports during her time at Alfred State.  This past year she scored a goal and passed out three assists on the soccer field and averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds for the basketball team.  During her freshman season, Smith played basketball and softball.  She has a 3.87 GPA.

Falkner scored six goals and had two assists as a member of the men's soccer team.  He was named 1st team All-WNYAC following the season.  In the classroom he holds a 3.84 GPA.

Longenecker wrestled his way to All-American, All-Region, and All-WNYAC honors this season.  He finished 5th in the nation at 133 lbs and had a 20-4 record.  This is the second year in a row; Longenecker was named All-Region and All-WNYAC.  He holds a 3.81 GPA.

Underhill hit .408 (73 for 179) for the baseball team.  He collected 11 doubles, a triple, and drove in 48 runs.  He also stole 13 bases.  Underhill earned All-WNYAC 1st team honors in the fall and 1st team All-Region honors in the spring.  He finishes his academic career with a 3.75 GPA.

Farrell participated in both indoor and outdoor track and field this year after swimming the previous two years.  He helped the men's team to a indoor regional championship.  He holds a 3.72 GPA.

Palmiter fired two shots on net as a member of the women's soccer team this fall.  She holds a 3.60 GPA.

Distinguished Academic All-American status is earned by attaining a GPA of above 3.80 with 45 semester hours.  Academic All-American status is earned by attaining a GPA of above 3.60 with a 45 semester hours.