LakePoint, Ga. - In the first ASUN Beam Video Series, the conference features student-athletes across the ASUN that have made an Impact in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Throughout the spring, the ASUN will feature two student-athletes from each institution that epitomize the conference's beam of Impact.
Only a junior at the University of North Florida, Navia Penrod's Impact with the Ospreys' Softball program looms large as she looks to guide UNF back to the ASUN Championship, while setting herself up for a future career working with individuals that have disabilities.
Penrod's career at North Florida began with a bang as she earned ASUN All-Freshmen Team & Second Team All-Conference honors as she batted .355, third-best in the conference, to go along with 38 runs, 59 total hits and 19 stolen bases. The Naples, Fla. native built on her rookie campaign with a .422 average as a sophomore, which led the ASUN and ranked 30th in the nation. Her 87 hits set the program's single-season record as she finished sixth in the NCAA. A First Team All-Conference nod, Penrod added 15 extra-base hits, a team-best in runs (50) and stolen bases (24) to go along with her 28 RBIs to help UNF to 31 victories.
This season, Penrod continues to dominate at the plate and on the base paths as she has increased her average to .432 with 70 total hits and 24 stolen bases. The junior first baseman holds a .983 field percentage as the Ospreys currently sit in position to make their fourth ASUN Championship in the past six seasons.
As much success as Penrod has seen on the field, her accomplishments away from the UNF Softball Complex dwarf them in comparison. A selection to the 2017 ASUN Conference All-Academic Team, Penrod holds a 3.75 cumulative GPA as a Special Education major. Beginning in the Fall Semester of the freshman year, Penrod began in the On-Campus Transition (OCT) program through which she developed friendships. The OCT's mission is to provide an innovative college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities, while providing transformational learning experiences to university students, college educators, and community leaders.
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