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IOWA CITY, Iowa –University of Iowa track and field athletes Marta Bote Gonzalez, Ashley Espinosa, and Carter Lilly were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sport Scholars, it was announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Named after tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr., the namesake sport scholars honor undergraduate students who excel in the classroom and in their sport. In addition, sport scholars show a commitment to community service and student leadership.
Gonzalez, a marketing major from Merida, Spain, was named to the third team. She holds a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.66. During the 2017 outdoor season, Gonzalez qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and led Iowa in the event at the Big Ten Championships, finishing seventh with a time of 10:25.98.
Espinosa, a human physiology major from Lindenhurst, Illinois., was named to the honorable mention list. Espinosa carries a cumulative GPA of 3.31 and was on the Dean’s List in 2017. She placed fifth in the 3,000 meters at the Larry Wieczorek Invite with a time of 10.28:83.
Lilly, a entrepreneurship and marketing major, was named to the first team. Lilly holds a cumulative GPA of 3.71 and was named academic All-Big Ten, a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, and a member of the Dean’s List. In 2017, he was an NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters and anchored the Drake Relays champion sprint medley (3:20.40), a time that ranks third in Iowa history.