Courtesy: America East Communications

21 Student-Athletes Named to Cross Country All-Academic Team

Release: 11/22/2016

BOSTON – Twenty-one of America East’s top cross country student-athletes were named to the 2016 All-Academic Team on Tuesday. The squad consists of student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically.

On the women’s side, All-American and New Hampshire Wildcat Elinor Purrier highlighted the team. She earned All-American status by finishing seventh overall in the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championship last weekend in Indiana.

Joining Purrier were Binghamton’s Alana MacDonald, UMBC’s Katelyn Callaghan and Sophia Cologer, UMass Lowell’s Jaclyn Solimine and Alli Wood, Stony Brook’s Meghan Cooney and Christina Melian, Vermont’s Anna Kaplan and Samantha Sayer and Purrier’s teammate Hannah Kimball.

The men’s side was highlighted by 2016 Individual Champion Jesse Orach from Maine. Orach was joined by teammates Joshua Horne and Daniel Lesko as well as Albany’s Kyle Gronostaj, Binghamton’s Nate Kozyra, UMBC’s Matt Kingeter, New Hampshire’s Mitchell Dutton and Brett Hoerner, Stony Brook’s Bryce Hedman and Vermont’s Will Hopkins.

To be eligible for All-Academic, student-athletes must have sophomore athletic eligibility, attain a 3.30 minimum grade-point average and be a contributor on their team. The squad is voted on by a committee made up of America East student-athlete support and athletic communications administrators as well as faculty athletic representatives.

America East is proud to have one of most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country. In addition All-Academic program, Elite 17 Awards are bestowed in each of the conference’s sponsored sports. Additionally, a Scholar-Athlete, someone who distinguishes himself/herself as the top student-athlete in his/her sport, is awarded. From that group, one male and one female is selected the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The conference also recognizes all student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 GPA on its Academic Honor Roll, with those achieving a 3.50 average or better receiving Commissioner’s Honor Roll status. The Presidential Scholar-Athlete award recognizes graduating student-athletes who compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student. Finally, the Academic Cup is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during that academic year.


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