For the 25th time in school history, a Murray State Racer has been named as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Senior rifle student-athlete Meike Drewell became the 21st individual to earn the prestigious honor when she was named as a second-team At-Large selection, the organization announced Friday.

The women’s at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes that compete in sports other than soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field/cross country. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year awards were based on career achievements, rather than season accomplishments.

“Meike sets an incredibly high standard in all three phases of student-athlete development,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Saal. “She’s earned two consecutive Elite 90 awards as the highest achieving rifle student-athlete in the country. She regularly serves her community and has competed well at the highest levels of NCAA competition. Meike has navigated an elite journey at Murray State and we are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.”

Head coach Alan Lollar echoed Saal’s sentiments. “From day one Meike has impressed. On the range, in the classroom and more importantly in life, she is a champion. She has the ability to inspire people to their best when it’s toughest. She’s a winner.”

Drewell, a business administration major, finished her undergraduate studies with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The Austin, Texas native shot in all 13 matches for the Racers this season and helped lead them to their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship. In addition, Drewell was named as a second-team All-OVC selection in both smallbore and air rifle for the 2020-21 season.

Earlier this year, Drewell was honored with the prestigious Elite 90 award by the NCAA for the second consecutive season for having the highest GPA at the final site of competition. Recently, it was announced that she was just one of 21 female student-athletes across all winter sports and divisions to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Drewell is now the third rifle student-athlete to earn the honor and the first female rifle student-athlete since Deena Wigger in 1990. She is also MSU’s second selection in the 2019-20 academic year, as Abby Jones of women’s soccer was named to the third team last fall.

Murray State All-Time Academic All-Americans

Year           Sport                                                Name                            Team            Position
Football                                            Eddie McFarland              1                     DB

1979          Football                                            Kris Robbins                     2                     TE

1983          Baseball                                            Carrell Boyd                     3                     SS

1985          Men’s Basketball                              Mike Lahm                       2                      F

1989          Women’s Volleyball                         Lee Ann Allen                   2                     ‐‐‐

1990          Women’s At‐Large                           Deena Wigger                  3                   Rifle

      Women’s Volleyball                         Lee Ann Allen                   2                     ‐‐‐

1994          Women’s Volleyball                         Sarah Dearworth              3                     ‐‐‐

2009          Women’s Basketball                        Paige Guffey                     1                     —

      Women’s Basketball                        Amber Guffey                  1                     —

2010          Baseball                                            Wes Cunningham             2                      IF

2011          Women’s Track/Cross Country        Kristin Reffett                   3                     —

2012          Baseball                                            Travis Isaak                       2                      IF

      Baseball                                            Paul Ritzheimer                1                     OF

2013          Baseball                                            Paul Ritzheimer                3                     OF

      Softball                                             Alexa Becker                    3                      IF
2014          Women’s At-Large                           Delaney Howson              3            Women’s Golf
2015          Softball                                             Alexa Becker                    1                      IF
                  Softball                                             Jessica Twaddle               3                      IF
                  Men’s At-Large                                Jordan Smith                    2              Men’s Golf
2016          Men’s At-Large                                Ivan Roe                           3                   Rifle
2017          Softball                                             Jessica Twaddle               1                      IF 
                  Football                                            Zach Shipley                     2                     DB
2019          Women’s Soccer                              Abby Jones                       3                     MF
2020          Women’s At-Large                           Meike Drewell                  2                   Rifle          

25 Total Honors
21 Different Academic All-Americans
4 Two-Time Academic All-Americans
6 First-Team Academic All-Americans

Parker GriffithAthletic Media Relations Assistant (FB, Rifle, WBB)Murray State University


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