After a season full of successes, including broken records and All-Conference performances, STLCOP's Joshua Anim Anno (SR/Kumasi, Ghana) topped off the 2016-17 track and field season with two more awards: the AMC Champions of Character Team and Academic All-Conference Team awards.
Three Eutectic teammates joined Anim Anno on the conference All-Academic list, including Murphy Affolder (JR/Mascoutah, Ill.), Bhupinder Chahal (SO/Wheeling, Ill.), and Timothy Tu (SO/Hacienda Heights, Calif.).
The Champions of Character Team is comprised of one athlete from each competing AMC team who is selected by his or her team to be the player who best represents the Five Core Values of the NAIA's Champions of Character Initiative – respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Anim Anno's positive attitude, support for his teammates, and dedication and drive to improve influenced STLCOP head coach David Baker's nomination of him for the award.
Anim Anno also transferred his success to the classroom, earning Academic All-Conference honors in his first year at the College. Affolder, Chahal, and Tu have each also earned the award in their previous seasons on the team. To qualify as Academic All-Conference, a student-athlete must finish the season with his or her team, must be in the second term of attendance at the nominating institution, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.