Women’s soccer player Alexis Heffernan, volleyball player Alli Patterson and track and field athlete Dominic Kacich were named the Outstanding Senior Student-Athletes for the 2015-16 school year.
Heffernan became only the eighth Bulldog women’s soccer player to earn All-America honors this past fall. She earned her second-straight first-team All-GLVC selection for coach Mike Cannon and the 2015 GLVC champions while finishing her career ranked in the top 10 in goals, points and shots.
Patterson was a four-time all-conference player and two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American for coach Ben Briney and the Bulldog volleyball team. She was the 2015 GLVC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a member of the 2014 GLVC championship team and finished her career ranked in the top 10 in total blocks and hitting percentage.
Kacich qualified and competed in the 400-meter dash at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He has provisionally qualified for the national meet this year with his top time coming in April at the Kansas Relays. He has earned All-GLVC honors in both indoor and outdoor track and was named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
In addition, Matt Peterson and Meghan Senne were awarded the Dean’s Excellence Award for highest cumulative GPA for a student-athlete. Peterson was a three-year member of the men’s tennis team and an accounting major, while Senne was a four-year letter winner from the women’s swimming team and a psychology major.