The list is comprised of the top male and top female student-athletes from each of the nine NWC institutions as nominated by each school's director of athletics and faculty athletics representative.
A two-sport star, Dalzell has excelled as both a track and field thrower and football defensive end for the Bruins. He earned NCAA Division III All-America honors this past spring by placing fourth in the discus in the National Championships after winning the discus in the NWC Championships and finishing second in the shot put. He already ranks No. 2 all-time in the shot put and No. 3 in the discus. He led the Bruins in football sacks as both a freshman and sophomore, and paced the team with three blocked kicks this past fall while also recording a 'pick-six' (pass interception return for a touchdown) against Lewis & Clark. His efforts earned him Second Team All-Conference honors in 2016.
A Biology major with a 3.90 GPA, Dalzell has made the Dean's List four straight semesters. He is a regular participant in the school's annual Serve Day each fall, assists in setting up for various university events, and has worked on numerous projects around campus with the football team.
Football coach Chris Casey and track coach John Smith both note that "Caleb's tremendous study habits and excellent attendance make him an outstanding college student. He has been involved in Serve Day both years at GFU and plans on doing volunteer hours at Providence Hospital this summer on his return from nationals in track. As a football player, he has size, speed and strength, but his greatest attribute is his relentless effort; he goes full throttle from snap to whistle on every play."
Greene is the most-decorated athlete in George Fox women's track and field history with six NCAA Division III All-America honors (three indoor, three outdoor). She is the Bruins' record-holder in the long jump, 100, and 200, earning All-West Region honors in all three of those events this past spring. She is a two-time West Region Field Athlete of the Year honoree (2016, 2017) as chosen by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and has captured multiple All-NWC honors. In 2015, she earned an NCAA National Athlete of the Week award.
An English graduate with a 3.15 GPA and a 3.91 GPA in the Master's in Teaching program, Greene received an Acts Six Scholarship from GFU and made the Dean's List in several semesters. She is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, has participated in the annual George Fox Serve Day every year, and has assisted with the B-Town kids, RHS Basketball Camp, and Smart Reading programs. She has used her platform as a track athlete to read poetry on Tedx Talks, which has received over 12,000 views.
Says head coach John Smith, "Asia is someone who came to us with no track experience and rewrote our school records in the long jump, 100 and 200. She won multiple conference championships and All-America awards. She was not only a great competitor, but also always made friends along with way with those competing against her, and she showed genuine sportsmanship in every sense of the word. I know that she will be someone who pours herself into the youth that she will be teaching, mentoring and coaching, and will have a great impact."
List of 2016-17 First Team Scholar-Athletes:
Caleb Dalzell (Football, Men's Track & Field)
Asia Greene (Women's Track & Field)
Lewis & Clark
Andrew Groshong (Men's Golf)
Frances Swanson (Women's Cross Country, Women's Track & Field)
Tyler Griffin (Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field)
Kenzie Schmoll (Softball)
Clark Wininger (Men's Tennis)
Sarah Curl (Women's Basketball)
Joey Domek (Football)
Sydney Otey (Women's Rowing)
Hans Fortune (Football)
Meghan Bacher (Women's Lacrosse)
Garrett Atkinson (Baseball)
Tai Hallstein (Women's Swimming)
Ryan Adams (Men's Track & Field)
Kara Need (Women's Soccer)
Alika Masei (Men's Swimming)
Olivia Mancl (Women's Cross Country, Women's Track & Field)