Winthrop women's golf coach named to Minnesota State Hall of Fame

MANKOTA, Minn. -- Winthrop women's golf coach Jodi Wendt is one of three former Minnesota State student-athletes that have been selected for induction into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Sept. 26.

Wendt, a former LPGA teaching professional and player on the Player West Professional Tour, has completed two years as Winthrop's coach after a two-year stint as the assistant golf coach. She was a four-year member of Minnesota State's golf team, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in social science education and a minor in political science.

A formal induction ceremony will take place at the Hall of Fame induction dinner, which will be held in the CSU Ballroom on the evening before the MSU football team hosts Winona State on Sept. 27 in the annual Homecoming game. Wendt and her fellow inductees will be introduced at halftime.

• MEN'S SOCCER -- Winthrop men's soccer coach Rich Posipanko announced the final addition to the 2008 recruiting class with the signing of Rafael Araujo.

Araujo, from Divinopolis-MG, Brazil, is a 5-6 midfielder and graduate student. He will be pursuing a master's in business administration. He is only eligible for one season after previous playing at Cumberland University, where he was a first team All-Tran South Conference member three years in a row. He captained the team in 2006 and 2007 and was the leading scorer in the conference in 2005 and 2006. He was an NAIA Collegiate All-American Scholar award recipient.

Araujo is one of nine newcomers that will try and help Winthrop get back to the top of the league when it opens the season on Aug. 29 vs. Belmont at 3:30 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C., at the JAKO Classic.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- In New Orleans, Matthew Elliott, a May 2008 graduate who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the1,500-meter run, has been named to the men's 2008 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. A record total of 266 student-athletes representing 111 Division I institutions made up the men's 2008 All-Academic team.

Elliott, a native of Green Sea, compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average while majoring in physical education and was among seven male track and field athletes from four Big South Conference schools who earned the All-Academic Team distinction.