Four XC Runners Named to Scholar Athlete All-Academic Team

Four XC Runners Named to Scholar Athlete All-Academic Team

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's and women's cross country teams along with four runners were named to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Scholar Athlete All-Academic team for the 2016 season.

Earning the honor for the Bobcats were junior Matt Dearth and sophomore Collin Wallace. Dearth is a return performer from last year's All-Academic team.

Claiming the honor for the Lady 'Cats were sophomore Joanna Johnston and junior Sydney Pineault.

Like Dearth, Johnston is a repeat performer as she was on the 2015 All-Academic team.

The All-Academic honor is awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

The men's team was honored as they complied a 3.13 grade-point-average while the women were honored for producing a 3.49 grade-point-average.

Teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic awards.

A total of 164 institutions earned Scholar Team honors, with 110 of those schools seeing both of their men's and women's programs pick up the award.

"I am very proud of these accomplishments," remarked head coach Jesse Skiles. "Our program has been blessed with an ambitious academic culture. I am much more proud of this work than anything we have ever accomplished on the track."

The full All-Academic individual lists for men and women can be found by clicking here.