Brault and Williams Earn Academic Honor

  • By Abby Norman
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  • February 25, 2013 12:32 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University cross country runners Sarah-Anne Brault and Kelly Williams have been named USTFCCCA 2012 Division I Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Honorees.

“These awards distinguish the best of the best in terms of student-athletes,” coach Sean Cleary says. “To maintain this level of academic and athletic success is a tribute to how special these young ladies are. They came to West Virginia and chose to be excellent and we are very proud of them.”

Brault, a finance and economics major, has a 3.93 GPA and finished her final season as a Mountaineer by qualifying for her fourth straight NCAA Championship. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native finished in seventh place at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, which was the highest finish of her career. Brault also received All-Region honors for the third year in a row. In her first race of the season, Brault became the first WVU runner to garner All-Big 12 honors by placing 10th at the Big 12 Championships.

Williams maintains a 4.0 GPA as a pre-human nutrition and foods major and received All-Region honors at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional after finishing in 22nd place with a personal-best 6k time of 21:20. In her first season as a Mountaineer, Williams competed in all seven races for the team and finished in the top-25 on three separate occasions.

A total of 115 student-athletes represent the 69 institutions that compose the group. Florida State led all schools in the country with five named to the All-Academic list followed by six schools (Kentucky, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame, Georgetown, and Arkansas) that tallied four on the list.

WVU was one of five Big 12 schools to have runners named to the list with Texas leading the way with three student-athletes, while Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all had one individual honoree.

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 2012.