CSUB varsity athletes reset classroom GPA record

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The 2022 spring semester begins next week for varsity-athletes at CSU Bakersfield, but the athletics department looks back on another successful term in the classroom. At the end of the Fall 2021 semester, the Roadrunners posted a department-wide record cumulative GPA of 3.15, surpassing last year’s previous best GPA of 3.13 for the `Runners.

“I would like to thank the Kegley Center team, including counsellors, tutoring super stars and our tutors for their dedication to student success,” said Melisa Medina Cruz, Bakersfield’s assistant athletic director for academic services. “This semester demonstrates that our `Runners have perseverance as they continue to excel throughout their academic journey. Spring 2022, here we come!”

Bakersfield’s big semester also saw the CSUB post its 14th consecutive term, the department posted a GPA above 3.00 as the `Runners hit 3.06 in the fall of 2021.

“We have built a culture of academic excellence within the CSUB Athletics Department,” said CSUB Athletic Director Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried. “It takes a joint effort between our coaching staff and academic athletic staff to provide the necessary support for our scholar-athletes. There is no doubt that this continues to pay off! I want to thank our scholar-athletes for their hard work in earning a record GPA for our department.”

Eight individual programs posted a team GPA of 3.00 or better this semester, paced by the women’s beach volleyball team, which combined for a 3.62. Baseball’s 3.13 GPA was the highest for a CSUB men’s program this fall. 161 Roadrunners finished with quarterly grade point averages above 3.25 and earned Dean’s List honors for the semester, while 200 of CSUB’s varsity-athletes posted a GPA of 3.0 or better and qualified for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Fourteen scholar-athletes posted perfect 4.00 GPA scores in the fall: Baseball’s Cory Blackburn, Cody Hendrick, Michael Pollard, and David Roderick; female basketball Andie Easley; female golf Jefi Dordevic; soft ball head of jordan, Samantha Martinez, and Kayla Tadéwosian; beach volleyball Cameron Solberg; female athletics Miranda Miller and Julia Stein; and indoor volleyball Brooke Boiseau and Anna Unke.

The CSUB Athletics Department is committed to developing well-rounded varsity athletes through a commitment to academic excellence, an exceptional varsity athlete experience, competitive success, and community involvement.

The Roadrunner Scholarship Fund supports CSUB college-athletes on and off the field. To donate and contribute to this effort, visit GoRunners.com/give or contact the development office at 661-654-3209.


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