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Threlkeld named to Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

Squad picked fourth by coaches in preseason poll

August 18, 2008 · David Powell
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Middle Tennessee had one player named to the 2008 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team, and the Blue Raiders were picked fourth overall in a vote of the league's 12 head coaches on Monday.

Blue Raider junior Jennifer Threlkeld was selected to the elite squad for the first time in her career after finishing the 2008 as one of the top players in the conference. The talented forward led the team and ranked fifth in the Sun Belt Conference in goals (9) in 17 matches played.

She also picked up numerous national and conference accolades including being named to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week as well as being honored as the Sun Belt Player of the Week on September 11. The Carrollton, Texas native ranks among the top 10 all-time in school history for points, goals and assists entering just her third season.

"It is great that Jen has received this honor and we are really excited for her. She put up great performances last season and it is good for her to be recognized for that by the coaches around the conference, said Head Coach Aston Rhoden. "I am looking forward to seeing her fulfill those expectations in the upcoming season."

Middle Tennessee received 109 points for fourth place in the 2008 Preseason Coaches Poll. Two-time defending conference tournament champion Denver received nine first-place votes and 141 points overall to lead the balloting. North Texas, voted second in the poll, received the other two votes.

"It is great to know where your peers have voted you to finish within the conference and we will strive to exceed everyone's expectations during the coming season," said Rhoden.

2008 Preseason Sun Belt Poll
1. Denver (9) 141
2. North Texas (2) 128
3. Western Kentucky 115
4. Middle Tennessee 109
5. Florida Atlantic 97
6. Louisiana-Lafayette 78
7. South Alabama 69
8. UALR 53
9. FIU 52
10. Louisiana-Monroe 37
11. Arkansas State 33
12. Troy 22

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team
Forwards
Kelli Jestes (ULL, So.)
Callie Oliver (ULL, Sr.)
Jen Threlkeld (MT, Jr.)
Brittany Cleveland (NT, Sr.)
Tiara Smith (USA, Jr.)

Midfielders
Lizzy Carlson (DU, Jr.)
Taryn Hemmings (DU, Sr.)
Kendall Juett (NT, So.)

Defenders
Jessi Keller (DU, Sr.)
Janeke Simpkins (FAU, Sr.)
Morgan Thomas (WKU, Jr.)

Goalkeeper
Mackenzie Snyder (DU, Jr.)

Preseason Player of the Year
Kendall Juett (NT, So.)

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