MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Department of Athletics posted a 3.25 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year, eclipsing the 3.2-mark for the third-straight year. The Bobcat Women’s Cross Country team took team GPA honors in the Bobcat Athletic Department in one of the tightest races in recent memory.
“Academic excellence is an expectation at Georgia College and I applaud our student-athletes for another outstanding year in the classroom,” said Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. “We have an outstanding faculty and staff, and our coaches do a great job of recruiting student-athletes that fit Georgia College well. Our latest academic achievements reinforce our clear alignment with the values and mission of our University.”
Bobcat Women’s Cross Country boasted a 3.684 GPA, while GC Women’s Tennis came in at 3.681. Third place went to GC Women’s Soccer with a 3.48. Men’s Cross Country was the top male sport at 3.45.
In addition, four sport programs posted record highs in GPA for this school year. Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Tennis and Baseball (3.14) each snapped program GPA records.
“Another great year of exemplary classroom performance for our GC student athletes,” said Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Ken Farr. “This again points to the ‘education first culture’ that has evolved among everyone in the GC athletic program. I’m very happy to be affiliated with so many fine young men and women who understand the importance and value of getting a good education while participating in their collegiate sport activities.”
The athletic department as a whole posted a 3.25 GPA for the year. The Bobcats finished strong, with a 3.31 in the spring after posting a 3.21 in the fall. Nine of the 11 varsity sports had above a 3.0 GPA for the 2016-17 school year. The Bobcats have had over a 3.0 GPA as a department for each of the last five years, owning an average of 3.214 over that timeframe.
Georgia College posted an unprecedented three Elite 15 Award winners, the honor given by the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) for top GPA at each championship site. Katie Ray (Cumming) won it for volleyball, Macy Polk (Powder Springs) for women’s tennis and Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill) for softball. Coursey joined Bobcat Baseball’s Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) in earning CoSIDA Academic All-America status, the top academic honor in the nation. On the year, the Bobcat Athletic Programs totaled 45 Academic All-PBC honorees.
|Women's Cross Country||3.684|
|Men's Cross Country||3.45|