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TLU's Molly Lasater awarded NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship
May 14, 2002

Text and photo courtesy of Texas Lutheran Sports Information (Tim Clark)

The NCAA today announced presentation of an NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics to Texas Lutheran University cross country and track and field standout Molly Lasater.

Molly LasaterThe NCAA postgraduate scholarship is a $6,000 non-renewable award for the 2002-03 academic school year. The scholarship criteria stipulates that Lasater be enrolled this fall in a sports administration or related program as a full-time graduate student at an NCAA member institution. The enhancement scholarships are designed to create better opportunities for women and ethic minorities in coaching, athletics administration, officiating and athletics support services.

Lasater (Tyler, Texas) will enroll at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She will pursue a master’s degree with an emphasis in exercise science. In addition, Lasater will serve as a graduate assistant in the academic department.

Lasater graduated from Texas Lutheran with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, completing degree requirements in three years.

In her three years as a member of the TLU cross country and track and field teams, Lasater earned numerous honors. At the April ASC Track and Field Championships, she set the school and conference 10,000-meter run records (42:19.70). Lasater holds the Texas Lutheran record in the 1500-m run (5:03.04), the half-marathon and the marathon. She finished 18th in the marathon at the 2000 NAIA National Championships.

Lasater was the 2002 ASC runner-up in the 1,500 and the 5,000, and she finished third at the 2001 ASC Cross Country Championships.

She is a three-time ASC All-Conference performer in track and field and a 2001 ASC All-Conference selection in cross country. During the 2001 cross country season, she was named the ASC Runner of the Week four times. In the 2002 track season, she was the ASC Runner of the Week once.

Lasater has also excelled in the classroom. She holds a 3.46 cumulative grade point average, and she is a two-time ASC Academic All-Conference selection in both cross country and track and field.

Lasater is a Verizon Academic All-America nominee for cross country and track and field, and she has been named to the Texas Lutheran Provost’s List. She served on the Texas Lutheran Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered with her teammates at the Seguin Youth Services home and at the Seguin Women’s Shelter.

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