At a Glance
• Double major — International Studies
and Criminal Justice
• Cumulative GPA — 3.95
• International Club
• Honors Program
• Alpha Chi Honor Society
• 2015 HAAC Women’s Indoor Track
and Field Champion in the high jump
• Finished in 17th place at the NAIA
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
The Heart of America Athletic Conference has selected Lashaunda Yates as the A.O. Duer Award winner for the 2014-15 academic year. Yates is a junior at Graceland and is part of the Track and Field Team. She will move on to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) selection committee as the conference nominee for the national award, which will be determined in September.
The Duer award is named in honor of the NAIA’s former executive secretary for 26 years and recognizes one junior student-athlete in any sport for each gender based on their scholarship, character and citizenship. The nominees for the Duer Award are Yates and Ben Koerner, a baseball player from Avila University.
“I am so grateful to have been nominated for the award,” Yates said. “I have such a big support system that includes family, friends, coaches and professors. Win or lose, just being nominated is proof that a person’s hard work will never go unnoticed. I’m just happy to have been given the opportunity to represent not only Graceland, but also to be one of the student-athletes chosen to represent the conference.”
Yates, a native of Montreal, Quebec, won the high jump at the 2015 HAAC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships and finished in 17th place at the NAIA Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. During the outdoor season, she took second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump.
“Not only is Lashaunda an elite performer, but she also is a great leader,” Head Coach Reece Vega said. “She has continued to show why she is one of the captains on the team. She works hard at practice, motivates others and always goes the extra mile. She is a joy to coach and a pleasure to be around.”
Yates has the qualities of a wonderful athlete as well as an academic student. She is double majoring in international studies and criminal justice with a cumulative GPA of 3.95. She is a member of the International Club and has volunteered at a number of events. Yates is also a member of the History Club, is in the Honors Program and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society.