The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced Thursday that 347 women's cross country student-athletes have been named 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
 
Peru State seniors Destiny Worthey (Humboldt), Hailey Bouwens (Lincoln), Sydney Stevelinck (Lyons, Colo.), and junior Julia Zurek (Louisville) were among the 347 honorees. 

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
 
Worthey and Zurek have been members of the Bobcat cross country team for two years. Worthey is a triple major in early childhood education K-3, elementary education, and K-12 health and physical education while Zurek is a kinesiology major. Bouwens and Stevelinck competed for the first time this past fall for the 'Cats. Bouwens is a criminal justice – counseling major with an alcohol and drug counseling minor. Stevelinck is a kinesiology major.
 
For Worthey, this was her second time earning the honor.

In addition, Worthey and Stevelinck were recently respectively named as SHAPE NEBRASKA's Health Educator Student of the Year and Kinesiology Student of the Year.