Twenty-Two SAC Women's Cross Country Student-Athletes, Eight Teams Named USTFCCCA All-Academic

Twenty-Two SAC Women's Cross Country Student-Athletes, Eight Teams Named USTFCCCA All-Academic

ROCK HILL, S.C. ( – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their 2018 NCAA Division II Individual and Team Academic Awards on Thursday, Feb. 14.  Eight South Atlantic Conference teams were represented on the women's team list, with 22 runners receiving recognition.

In order to qualify for this honor, student-athletes must 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 championship and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championship meet.

There were 649 student-athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors with the women accounting for 58.4 percent of the total (379).  Anderson and Queens led the way for the SAC women with six honorees apiece. Catawba had three, while Carson-Newman, Lenoir-Rhyne, and Tusculum had two each. Wingate rounded out the SAC women with one honoree.

Overall, there were 427 teams – 231 women's teams and 196 men's teams – that earned All-Academic honors. The SAC accounted for eight of the women's teams. Anderson, led by Head Coach Kevin Eagle, earned a 3.73 GPA. Carson-Newman, under the leadership of Head Coach Eric Philips, collected a 3.49 GPA. Jason Bryan's Catawba women earned a 3.55 GPA. Lenoir-Rhyne, under the tutelage of Danny Williamson, collected a 3.44 GPA. Mike Owen's Mars Hill women racked up a 3.2 GPA. Head Coach Tom Scott's Queens Royals tallied a 3.55 GPA. Tusculum earned a 3.33 GPA and was coached by Cory Pratt. Wingate, coached by Ashley Glover, rounded out the SAC schools with a 3.23 GPA.

2018 USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Individual All-Academic


Abby Bozarth, Senior, Kinesiology

Maddie Buddenberg, Senior, Nursing

Martha Coleman, Senior, Graphic Design

Lydia Gambrell, Sophomore, Nursing

Olivia Rish, Sophomore, Nursing

Melea Sangl, Freshman, Graphic Design


Kathie O'Neill, Senior, Nursing

Rachel Strayer, Freshman, Exercise Science


Abigail Adams, Senior, Education

Nikkita Elminowski, Senior, Exercise Science

Hannah Mercer, Junior, Therapeutic Recreation


Kylie Dahlberg, Sophomore, Biology

Caroline Hilliard, Freshman, Exercise Science


Allyson Arellano, Sophomore, Interior Architecture and Design

Natane Deruytter, Junior, Psychology

Zuzana Durcova, Freshman, Biology

Carissa Jenkins, Redshirt Senior, Communications

Mandi Moxie, Junior, Biology

Lucie Noall, Senior, Biology


Alissa Furches, Junior, Elementary Education

Nicole McMillen, Senior, Business Administration


Lauryn Tumey, Sophomore, Biology


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