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June 5th, 2008
Texas State women load up Southland Conference all-academic teams


Female athletes at Texas State have cleaned up on the Southland Conference all-academic teams announced by the league this week.

The softball team placed a league-high five members on the first and second teams, led first-teamer Jetta Weinheimer, a junior outfielder.

From the Texas State women’s golf team, junior Christine Brijalba placed on the all-academic team, and senior distance runner Tenley Determan placed all-academic in cross country and track.

In addition to Weinheimer, the regular season SLC softball champion Bobcats also placed first baseman Leah Boatright and outfielders Jill Kloesel, Kelsey Cammarata and Kristina Tello on the academic All-SLC second team.

Weinheimer hit .300 this season with four homer uns and 21 RBI while maintaining a 3.70 GPA in Recreational Administration. Kloesel received the F.L. McDonald Post-Graduate Scholarship after finishing her undergraduate studies with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while Cammarata had a 3.94 GPA in Psychology. Tello has a 3.44 GPA in management and made the All-SLC second team pick after leading the Bobcats in runs scored and ranking second on the team in hits.

A junior from El Paso, Brijalba helped the Bobcats win their second Southland Conference golf championship in school history with a 16th-place finish at the SLC Tournament. She played in seven tournaments for Texas State with an overall average of 79.2 in 17 rounds. Brijalba also was Texas State’s second-best finisher at the NCAA Division I Regional Championships in Austin, where she tied for 55th place.

Brijalba has a 3.20 cumulative grade point average in psychology and has a minor in mass communications.

Determan set two record this season in the 10,000 meters. The first was at the 50th-annual Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, CA, where she set a Texas State school record with a time of 37:10.51. It was just the third time in her four-year collegiate career that she had competed in a 10,000-meter race. She broke the former school record of 37:10.66 that was set by Sonia Garza in 1998. Her previous best was 38:22.46 in 2007.

Later, Determan won the 10,000-meters at the 2008 SLC Championships with a time of 38:24.07, setting a new record at Sam Houston State’s stadium record in Huntsville. Determan also earned a sixth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the SLC meet with a time of 17:58.54.

A senior from College Station, Determan is a psychology major (sports psychology minor) with a 3.72 GPA. She is a two-time member of the Southland Conference All-Academic team, earned Texas State’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2007, been a member of the Dean’s list during seven of her eight semesters at Texas State. She received a Student-Athlete of the Month award in 2008.

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