General | 05/31/2022 09:00:00
Due to their outstanding academic and athletic achievements, six Murray State student-athletes have been recognized as Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Scholars for the 2021-22 academic year.
Vicente Correia of men’s cross country, Eliza Mae Kho of women’s golf, Dhalia Miller of women’s volleyball, Jordyn Naranjo of baseball, Jamie Skarupsky of women’s soccer and Rod Thomas of men’s basketball all earned a spot in one of the four teams for their respective sports.
Both Miller and Thomas were named to the first team, while Correia, Kho and Naranjo were named to the second team and Skarupsky was named to the third team. The awards also marked the second consecutive year that Kho, Naranjo, Skarupsky and Thomas have been honored by Diverse Magazine.
Diverse Magazine sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. The awards are inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for tennis. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
Miller was part of the Racers’ regular rotation last fall, appearing in all 29 matches and playing in all 110 sets. The sophomore came with 22 service aces for MSU last season and also had 30 assists. Currently undecided on a major, Miller entered the spring semester with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
A member of the men’s basketball team for three years, Thomas works as hard in the classroom as he does on the court. Thomas entered the spring semester with a GPA of 4.0 in health and physical education. On the court, the junior played in 15 games and scored a season-high nine points in 11 minutes against Tennessee Wesleyan.
As a transfer, Correia helped the Racers achieve one of their best seasons in recent memory. He led the Racers in the season opener and also had the fifth best 8 mile time in school history at 25.28 at North Alabama. Academically, the Business Administration major finished the fall with a 3.59 GPA.
Naranjo went 2-2 on the mound with two for the Racers this season in 16 appearances. He struck out 20 and walked just 11 while posting the team’s second-best ERA at 4.20. The redshirt sophomore finished the fall with a cumulative GPA of 3.64 and is majoring in chemistry.
Kho had the Racers’ fourth-best scoring average this season at 78.2 and notched two top 20s and one top 10. His low round of 74 came in October at the Chris Bannister Classic in Oxford, Alabama. The Malaysian native is currently a junior majoring in psychology.
Skarupsky appeared in one game as the Racers goaltender this season and didn’t allow a goal. In class, she is currently pursuing her MBA and is off to a great start with a 4.0 in the first semester of her graduate studies.