MARTINEZ, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University men's cross country team and head coach Joe Samprone has capped a solid season with their top honor yet, putting a league-best four runners on the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team.
The four positions tie Francis Marion University for the most of any of the eight teams in the PBC.
Sophomore Daniel Horseman (Cohotta, Ga.) owns the team's best GPA with a 3.51 in outdoor education. His number ranks fifth on the team overall. Two-time All-PBC pick Josh Hollar (Canton, Ga.) is the only senior on the squad for Georgia College, owning a 3.32 in mathematics.
The four listed doubles the number selected last season from Georgia College. Cary and Hollar were the two honorees a year ago.
The team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The PBC Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.