XC Teams, Individuals Earn All-Academic Honors

XC Teams, Individuals Earn All-Academic Honors

BUCKHANNON – Success on the course and success in the classroom.

That is the case for head coach Jesse Skiles and his men's and women's cross country teams after the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released their All-Academic Awards today.

The men's team was honored for their 3.35 cumulative grade point average while the women were honored for their 3.52 grade point average.

To be honored, teams must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet.

The men's teams placed 11th in the Atlantic Regional in November.

The women's team placed sixth in the Atlantic Regional. The sixth-place finish was the highest finish for Wesleyan since they moved to the NCAA Division II ranks from the NAIA.

There were 128 women's programs and 93 men's programs that earned All-Academic Team honors.

The entire team list can be viewed here.

To go along with the team honors, seven Wesleyan runners earned individual All-Academic Awards

Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.25 or greater and must have finished among the top 30 percent of total eligible runners at his or her regional championship (total Division II teams in the region multiplied by seven runners per team) or in the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

The lone Bobcat receiving the award was freshman Matt Dearth.

Six Lady Bobcats were honored.

They were junior Loren McDaniel, sophomores Ali CunninghamRachel Pinto and Brianna Waybright and freshmen Sydney PineaultKaylee Williams.

The seven Wesleyan runners were among 208 men and 262 women in Division II who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2014 cross country season.

The entire individual list can be viewed here.

"As a staff, and as a program, we are very proud that both groups continued this tradition of academic excellence," remarked Skiles. "We are far more proud of these accomplishments than the athletic success.  A lot of credit needs to go out to the upperclassmen who have done a great job of continuing an academic culture around the program. Making the Dean's List is a very cool thing at Wesleyan."