Barnes, Stiles Named Big Ten Postgrad Scholars

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – University of Maryland student-athletes Charde' Barnes (track & field/cross country) and Tayler Stiles (baseball) were both officially announced as Maryland's Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipients in a release made by the conference offices Thursday.

The Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded annually to 28 student-athletes. Each Big Ten institution annually presents two student-athletes (one male and one female) with one-time postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each. Each of the recipients was evaluated based primarily on their achievements in academics.

“This award is a testament to the outstanding academic achievements of these two student-athletes,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “They truly epitomize what it means to be a Terrapin student-athlete, and we wish them continued success in their future academic pursuits.”

Recipients of the postgraduate scholarship had to have been in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility while earning an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.200 or its equivalent, including all hours earned at all institutions attended.

Barnes is the second straight track and field student-athlete to receive the postgrad scholarship. She is a four-year member of both the cross country and track and field programs as a distance runner and is a two-time Big Ten All-Academic selection. Barnes helped the Terps take ninth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Regional in the fall, as the squad's average time of 21:52 was one of its best in the past decade. The Upper Marlboro, Md. native will graduate with degrees in history and criminology and criminal justice, and will pursue a law degree.   

Stiles has enjoyed a solid senior season, posting a 4.15 ERA in 26 innings pitched with 24 strikeouts. For his career, the Bowie, Md., native has won 12 games, the 13th-most in school history. Stiles' career coincides with the most successful four-year stretch in program history as the Terps won 144 games and made two Super Regional appearances. He overcame a potentially career threatening injury in 2015 when he was struck in the face by a line drive halfway through the season. He returned to make 14 appearances in 2016. Stiles is also a two-time Big Ten All-Academic selection. Stiles will graduate with a degree in kinesiology and plans to pursue a master's degree in sports management.