SVSU junior track and field athlete Lauren Huebner was named a GLIAC Commissioner’s Award recipient for the winter season.
The highly competitive honor recognizes six female and six male GLIAC athletes each fall, winter and spring for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom.
Huebner, who has been successful since her career began at SVSU, took her accomplishments to the next level at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field championships in March, where she earned All-American honors and third place in the heptathlon.
Her 3,823 points broke the SVSU program record, as did her 8.62 second finish in the 60-meter hurdles, one of the heptathlon’s five events.
Additionally, Huebner, an occupational therapy student, carries a 3.90 GPA, which contributed to her receipt of the Commissioner’s Award.
“I think it’s one thing to be a great athlete, but I think it’s hard to be a great athlete and a great student at the same time,” Huebner said. “So, I think that’s really cool to be recognized as not only being able to perform on the track but able to balance athletics with academics and be able to succeed at both.”
Huebner is already off to a strong start in the outdoor season, where she looks to build on her All-American finish in indoor. Last week, she was named the GLIAC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week following the Auto Owners Insurance MSU Spartan Invitational.
At the invitational, she won the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best provisional qualifying time of 59.66 seconds. This result puts her at the top of the GLIAC and fifth in the country.
From here, Huebner will continue to prepare for both of the post season meets in early and late May. Her next objective is to provisionally qualify for nationals in the heptathlon.