Bird, Edwardson named Student-Athletes of the Month
Senior women's soccer player Katherine Bird earned second team all-conference honors and senior men's cross country runner Ryan Edwardson earned a ticket to nationals, giving them Student-Athlete of the Month honors for November 2011.
Katherine Bird, Women's Soccer
A senior from Iowa City, Iowa, Bird earned second team all-conference honors for the second time in her career after leading the team in scoring with 24 points. Bird tied for the team lead in goals (8) and led the team in assists (8). She closed her career with 16 assists, 10th in program history. Bird also performed well in the classroom, as the environmental science and psychology double-major earned second-team academic all-district honors.
Ryan Edwardson, Men's Cross Country
A senior from Spencer, Iowa, Edwardson punched his second ticket to nationals in 2011, becoming Simpson's first two-time national qualifier since 1989. Edwardson got to the national meet with an eighth-place finish at the Central Regional, giving him all-region honors and helping Simpson to its best regional team finish since 1995. He placed 205th at the NCAA Division III Championships, a 17-place improvement from his 2010 effort. Edwardson brought home two IIAC Runner of the Week awards throughout the season.