NEW ORLEANS - The Georgia College & State University women's cross country team landed two runners on the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic list, as juniors Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Bonnie Ueltzen (Blairsville, Ga.) picked up the national academic honor.
With a total of 243 female student athletes from all of Division II making the list, Georgia College had the most representation of any Peach Belt Conference (PBC) school. Both runners add this academic accolade to their PBC All-Academic Team honors from earlier this year.
To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be eligible. The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30% of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships, or in the top 50% of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.
Both teams had one of their most successful campaigns on the course in 2008, taking their highest finishes in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, the women getting fifth and the men ninth. The women also picked up the 10th team title in program history, winning the Division II race at the Pepperdine Invitational.
Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics 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.