The American Midwest Conference (AMC) recently announced Amber Tu (SO/Hacienda Heights, Calif.) as STLCOP's representative on the AMC Women's Track and Field Champions of Character team. Tu was joined by six other Eutectics on the conference All-Academic team.
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. Tu, while not the highest scoring athlete on the Eutectic squad, was nominated for the award by STLCOP head coach David Baker for exemplifying the true spirit of athletics by working diligently to improve each day, and being a trustworthy and supportive teammate. During her first-ever cross country season last fall, Tu cracked into the STLCOP top-ten fastest 5K runners in history. This spring, through hard work and dedication, she blasted past her previous personal records on the track in the middle distances, narrowly missing scoring opportunities at the conference championships.
Tu has also transferred her success to the classroom, earning Academic All-Conference honors, along with six other teammates: Addison Bedwell (SO/Waterloo, Ill.), Hannah Delp (FR/Rolla, Mo.), Morgan Dermody (SO/Highland, Ill.), Gabrielle Morgan (FR/Maryville, mo.) (FR/Maryville, Ill.), Janki Patel (SR/Streamwood, Ill.), and Taylor Prusa (SO/Highland, Ill.). 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.