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Release Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

SD Mines Senior Named to RMAC Men’s Soccer All-Academic First Team, Scholar-athletes Make RMAC Honor Roll

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 13, 2016) –  South Dakota School of Mines & Technology senior Erik Fenske was named to the 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Men’s Soccer All-Academic First Team announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

Fenske, a defender for the Hardrocker soccer team, is a chemical engineering major from Savage, Minn., with a cumulative GPA of 3.89. He is one of 10 individuals in the RMAC to receive First Team honors.

“It’s great to see Erik earn this honor and be recognized by the rest of the league,” said Hardrocker soccer head coach Jordan Kadlec. “Erik, like all our scholar-athletes, puts in the effort not only on the pitch, but also in the classroom.”

Fenske, along with the nine other RMAC First Team All-Academic members, were voted on by the conference’s sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a scholar-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.
All other scholar-athletes who meet those requirements, but were not voted First Team, automatically qualify for the RMAC Men’s Soccer Honor Roll.

The SD Mines soccer team had seven scholar athletes make the list, including:

Brandon Lind, a senior defender majoring in mechanical engineering from Windsor, Colo. (3.96 GPA)

  • Darin James, a junior defender majoring in metallurgical engineering from Albuquerque, N.M. (3.57 GPA)
  • Charles Kieffer, a junior forward majoring in mechanical engineering from Cambridge, Minn. (3.62 GPA)
  • Jack Seifert, a sophomore goalkeeper majoring in mechanical engineering from Lisle, Ill. (3.91)
  • Ian Debois, a sophomore midfielder majoring in metallurgical engineering from Maple Grove, Minn. (3.77)
  • Cameron Thompson, a sophomore defender majoring in metallurgical engineering from Castle Rock, Colo. (3.90)
  • David Grifo, a red-shirt freshman midfielder majoring in civil engineering from Fountain Hills, Ariz. (3.42).

"These young men are performing to a very high standard academically while spending hundreds of hours on the road and the field playing soccer.  We are very proud of them," said SD Mines President Heather Wilson.

“As a coach, it’s satisfying to see your athletes making the grade,” Kadlec said. “I’m really proud of our guys and all the success that comes their way.”


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat