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NAU Athletics April Student-Athlete Spotlight

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Jacquie LeMarr of the golf team and Brian Shrader of the track & field team are featured in Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight for the month of April.

LeMarr is a sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz. and is studying in the field of communications. After transferring from UCLA, LeMarr has made an immediate impact on the golf course, leading the Lumberjacks with a round average of 74.91. She has posted scores under 80 in 10 of 11 rounds this spring and has two top-three individual finishes in four tournaments. In just her second tournament as a Lumberjack, LeMarr took medalist honors at the team's Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. with a two-round score of 141. Her performance included a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole at Oakcreek Country Club and she earned Big Sky Golfer of the Week following the tourney. LeMarr has also volunteered her time by participating in the MLK march and National Girls & Women in Sports Day. Furthermore, LeMarr has spent some time assisting in the NAU Athletics Communications office.

"Jacquie has come in and done a great job so far," said head golf coach Brad Bedortha. "Academically she seems to be doing great, she is fitting in very well with her new teammates and she is doing great on the golf course. She won our home tournament in Sedona, the Red Rocks Invitational, placed third at the Rio Verde Invitational and has added a lot of depth to our roster. She has been helping out the Communications department and has written a story for the golf webpage."

"Jacquie has been a great addition to our office," said Denise Thompson, Assistant AD for Communications. "Her previous experience in media relations has shown through her work. Jacquie is very talented student-athlete and writer. She has volunteered her time in our office this spring, where she has been writing feature stories for us."

Shrader is a junior from Flagstaff, Ariz. and is majoring in exercise science. Shrader has had a decorated career as part of the NAU track & field distance squad and the cross country team. This year, Shrader began with a runner-up finish at the Big Sky Cross Country Championships and earned All-American status at the NCAA Championships, placing 28th and helping lead the Lumberjacks to a national runner-up finish. On the track, Shrader earned a pair of All-American honors during the indoor season, finishing eighth nationally in the 3000m and 11th in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships. Last year, Shrader was the 2013 Big Sky Indoor Champion in the men's 800m run and finished third in the 800m and fourth in the 1500m at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships last year. He also added Big Sky Cross Country champion to his list before placing 15th at the NCAA National Championships to earn his first All-American honor. Shrader's academic accolades include being named to the AD Honor Roll, Dean's List, Big Sky All-Academic Team and receiving the Golden Eagle Award. He has completed 18 hours of community service this year volunteering at NPA Field Day, Welcome Back Jacks, Mt. Elden CC Meet, Nordic Marathon and the MLK March.

"Brian is a great young man," said director of track & field and cross country Eric Heins. "He is very appreciative of his opportunity here at NAU and loves to give back to the program and Flagstaff any chance that he gets. He is the true definition of a role model."

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