Bessard and Thomas were automatic selections for the awards after also being named to the Southland all-conference squad. It is the first time receiving such an accolade for the duo while Griffin raked in her second career all-academic selection.
Bessard, an Abbeville, La. native, posted a 3.09 GPA while working towards her degree in hospitality and tourism management at NSU. The sophomore is the reigning Southland Conference Champion in the discus and advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in both the discus and hammer.
Thomas locked in her all-academic selection following a 3.22 GPA in biology. The sophomore from Pearland, Texas also captured both outdoor and indoor championships in the triple jump including a personal best of 41 feet, 7 inches outdoors.
Griffin, a Lake Charles, La. native, notched a 3.16 GPA in health and exercise science. On the track, the senior captured four first place finishes with top marks coming in the 400 meter dash, 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay.