March 6, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's cross country team, which has enjoyed a great deal of success and received numerous accolades for its performances in competition, has been recognized for its academic prowess by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the second consecutive season.
Out of the 394 schools and universities that sponsor NCAA Division I women's cross country teams, Tennessee was one of 160 cited by the USTFCCCA with its 2008 All-Academic Team award. The Lady Vols, who sported 101-14 record in 2008 and finished third in the NCAA South Region and SEC, compiled a 3.430 team grade point average to earn the award.
For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative grade point average.
The USTFCCCA also singled out senior Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.) and junior Jackie Areson (Delray Beach, Fla.) for their combination of academic and athletic excellence. Bowman, who has a 3.86 GPA in business, and Areson, who has fashioned a 3.61 mark in biological sciences, were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for posting a GPA above 3.25 and charting at least top-15 finishes at the NCAA South Region Championships.
Joining Bowman and Areson on the 2008 Lady Vol cross country team were seniors Rolanda Bell (Laurelton, N.Y.), Kimarra McDonald (Lumberton, N.J.), Leah Soro (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Katie Van Horn (Glendora, N.J.); juniors Alyssa Bryant (Andersonville, Tenn.) and Phoebe Wright (Signal Mountain, Tenn.); sophomores Tyler Barnes (Ewing, N.J.), Brittany Sheffey (Bellport, N.Y.) and Kim White (Memphis, Tenn.); and freshmen Elizabeth Altizer (Bartlett, Tenn.), Ally Colvin (Maryville, Tenn.), Ramzee Fondren (Detroit, Mich.), Charity Honeycutt (Burnsville, N.C.), Kelsey Kane (Knoxville, Tenn.), Chelsea Knotts (Ripley, W.Va.), Chanelle Price (Easton, Pa.) and Elizabeth Tiller (Tuscaloosa, Ala.).
"It's really good to see the youngsters run at an SEC and national level and still maintain their focus on their academics," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "These young ladies are very goal oriented and have decided to make academics a priority.
"It is great to see that our team had a cumulative GPA of 3.43 and that Sarah and Jackie also were identified individually for their efforts. That combined emphasis in athletics and academics shows you what we stand for here at the University of Tennessee."