March 5, 2014

Men's Cross Country Receives USTFCCCA Scholar Awards

By Molly Johnson, sports information student assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College men's cross country team recently received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

In order to receive such an honor the team had to meet the requirements of having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and score at an NCAA Division II regional meet. A total of 141 programs were recognized. The Bobcats were one of the 89 schools that had both teams earn the award. The women's team ended with a 3.5 GPA and the men had a 3.14 GPA.

Individual awards were given to those who compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and finished in the top 30 percent of total eligible runners at his or her regional championship or in the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

Sophomores James Ryden (Atlanta, Ga.) and Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Ga.) received the All-Academic award for the men's squad. Ryden majors in Psychology: Pre-Med and has accumulated a 4.0 GPA. McNeil has not declared a field of study but ended the term with a 3.34.

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