Two Eagles Named NSCA All-Americans

Chadron State College Eagles Cole Thurness (football) and Karli Noble (volleyball) have been tabbed as National Strength and Conditioning Association 2021 All-American award winners.

The award is bestowed upon those student-athletes, both in high school and college, whose accomplishments athletically show dedication to strength training and conditioning.

Per the NSCA’s press release, “This award recognizes the student-athlete’s athletic accomplishments and his/her dedication to strength and conditioning. Nominated by [the player’s coach], the student-athlete’s determination to improve in athletics while maintaining academic prominence is a great model for all student-athletes at [his/her institution].”

Both Eagles have earned the honor after being nominated by E.J. Kreis, head strength and conditioning coach at CSC.

Kreis said of Noble, “Within the weight room, Karli has set the standard for all of our teams in terms of Olympic variations with her movement quality.”

She was also a leader to her teammates on the court during the 2020 season.

Thurness, in addition to being named Team MVP twice and being named to All-Nebraska DII First Team, was nominated as the teams’ “Lifter of the Year” for the last two years.

Kreis noted that Thurness had posted a 38 inch vertical leap, a 335 pound hang clean, a 445 pound front squat, a 500 pound back squat, and a 4.48-second 40 yard dash.

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