THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
All American Nault Named WIAC C.C. Scholar-Athlete
Issue Date: November 14, 2019
UW-LaCrosse senior Tyler Nault of Peshtigo has been named the recipient of the 2019 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Max Sparger Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Award.
Nault maintains a 3.71 grade point average and is majoring in exercise sport science and minoring in nutrition. He is a two-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honoree, a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and been named to UW-La Crosse's Dean's List numerous semesters.
A team captain this season, Nault finished second at the WIAC championship to help UW-La Crosse win its third consecutive league crown. It marked his third top-nine finish at the conference meet after he was seventh in 2018 and ninth in 2017. A year ago, Nault placed 30th at the NCAA Division III championship to secure All-America recognition. He is a two-time All-Region performer with a 10th-place finish at the regional meet last season after recording a 25th-place finish in 2017.
Nault is a member of UW-La Crosse's Pre-PT Club and has volunteered for Hixon Forest Maintenance Kids' Night Out.He is the 14th student-athlete in school history to earn the WIAC Scholar-Athlete,
Also nominated for this year's scholar-athlete award were: UW-Eau Claire's Bailey Wilson (Sr., New Richmond, Wis.); UW-Stevens Point's Tyler Tanko (Sr., Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH); and UW-Whitewater's Andrew Hirsch (Sr., Brookfield, Wis./Waukesha Catholic Memorial).
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Max Sparger, who served as commissioner of the Wisconsin State University Conference for 22 years from 1971-93. He oversaw the transition of the conference from NAIA to full NCAA membership. Sparger arrived at UW-Stout in 1959 and served the institution in a variety of capacities, including as an assistant football and basketball coach, head wrestling coach and head football coach. He served as UW-Stout's athletics director from 1969-71.
In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.50 grade point average. In addition, he must be in his last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.