FRISCO, Texas — Stephen F. Austin junior Stephanie Ganter was named Tuesday the Southland Conference Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement by league officials. The honor is Ganter's first and the first for the SFA cross country program since 2005.
Ganter is a junior biology major with a 3.9 GPA and plans for dental school following graduation. She's made the President's Honor Roll in three semesters and the Dean's List once at SFA. Ganter was named the Murray Shaw Scholar Athlete for both cross country and track and field last year. The Murray Shaw awards honor the SFA athlete in each sport with the top GPA. She was a first-team academic all-district selection in track and field in the spring of 2010.
Ganter has served as president of the SFA Pre-Dental Student Association since 2009 and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, an honor society for pre-health students. She is also heavily involved in community service endeavors, including Habitat for Humanity, Godtel food ministries, The Big Event and Relay for Life, as well as volunteering at her church in Nacogdoches and with numerous service organizations back home in McKinney, Texas.
As a competitor, Ganter is a nine-time All-Southland Conference honoree and is the only athlete in league history to earn Freshman of the Year honors in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. She turned in a fifth-place finish at the 2010 Southland Cross Country Championships, helping lead the Ladyjacks to a record sixth team title. She went on to take all-region honors with her 13th-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, where she was the first Southland competitor to cross the finish line.
Ganter is the first SFA harrier to take Southland Student-Athlete of the Year since former Lumberjack Rodney Joseph won it in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005. Teammate Amy Shackelford took the track and field version of the league's top academic honor in 2009. As a team, the Ladyjacks posted the top GPA in the South Central Region in 2009 and had the 11th-best GPA in the nation, earning the program's sixth consecutive USTFCCCA All-Academic honor.