MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four Mountaineers were honored Thursday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) for excellence in athletics and academics during the 2011 cross country season.
Sarah-Anne Brault, Kaitlyn Gillespie, Kate Harrison and Ahna Lewis were among 104 individuals named to the 2011 USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country All-Academic list determined by strong academics and high individual placements at the most recent NCAA Championship.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.
“What a privilege to work with the type of student-athletes that we work with every day,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. "These four young ladies exemplify the term ‘student-athlete.’ All four have worked so hard to be where they are today and continue to make us proud.”
Harrison and Gillespie were named All-Americans in 2011 following their top-40 finishes at the NCAA Championship, with Harrison’s eighth-place mark being the best in WVU history at the event. Harrison, Gillespie and Brault were named All-BIG EAST for their top-15 marks at the BIG EAST Championship in October, while all four were named All-Mid-Atlantic region for their top-25 finishes at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional in November.
A total of 67 institutions composed the group, with Florida State leading with six athletes named to the honor roll while WVU, Vanderbilt and Michigan each had four apiece. The Big Ten Conference and the BIG EAST Conference shared the top conference honors as 15 from their member institutions earned the plaudit. The ACC followed with 14 named to the list, while the Pac-12 was next with 12. In addition, six of the NCAA Championship’s top ten and 14 of the top 25 individual finishers made the cut.
Villanova’s Sheila Reid won her third USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.