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  • 13 national finals appearances
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Central's Overland wins NCAA softball academic award

Softball | May 16, 2013

EAU CLAIRE, WIS.—Central College junior Jordan Overland (Madrid, Boone HS) is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

Overland, an exercise science-health major with a 3.967 grade point average (4.0 scale) was presented with the award during the championship banquet Thursday night on the campus of the University of Wis.-Eau Claire.

Overland and the Central squad are in Eau Claire for the eight-team championship finals, opening Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Montclair State (N.J.).

Overland is a left fielder and pinch-runner for the Dutch. She’s also received Academic All-Iowa Conference recognition and is a two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete honoree. She’s a two-time team letterwinner and received Central’s Most Improved Player Award in 2012.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

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