November 7, 2013

Sixteen Cross Country Runners Honored By WCC For Academics

Honoring 16 Broncos this year, the West Coast Conference announced the 2013 West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country All-Academic Teams on Thursday with both Sam Holeman and Lauren Germany named to the first team. Seven men and seven women were named to the Honorable Mention list.

Santa Clara and Portland topped both lists with their nominations.  Santa Clara had a second-best tally of eight on the men's side to Portland's nine. On the women's side, the Broncos also collected a second-best total of eight to Portland's 11.

Germany, a senior, carries a 3.75 GPA in Biology.  Holeman, a sophomore, carries a 3.94 GPA in Computer Science/Engineering. 

At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered in the sport of women's cross country, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a significant contributor to her team and participate in at least 50 percent of all contests, and have at least sophomore athletic and academic standing with at least one year in residence at the nominating institution.

Bronco women named to the Honorable Mention list include the following: Kayla Germany (SCU), Audrey Hiatt (SCU), Mary Kriege (SCU), Allison Maio (SCU), Amia Nash (SCU), Emily Robinson (SCU) and Allie Sibole (SCU). 

Bronco men named to the Honorable Mention list include the following: Sean Roe (SCU), Luca Signore (SCU), Leland Wong (SCU), Bryan Crook (SCU), Benjamin Demaree (SCU), Anthony Ferrari (SCU) and Ryan Greenough (SCU). 

After the Spring 2013 quarter, the women's cross country had the highest cumulative GPA at 3.478.  The men's cross country team led the men's teams with a 3.386 GPA during the Spring 2013 quarter.  It was the seventh straight quarter they have led the men's side.  They also had the top cumulative GPA at 3.319.

Led by Summa Cum Laude graduate Kevin Oliver's selection to the national individual Academic Award list, the Bronco track programs were honored among all Division I teams in July as the Bronco men posted the second-highest GPA nation-wide at 3.506 when they were named as a 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team.  Posting a 3.57 grade point average, the sixth-best nationally and tops in the West Coast Conference, Santa Clara's women's track team was named an All-Academic team as well.

Oliver was just the second Bronco in school history to receive USTFCCA Academic individual honors.  Oliver finished his senior year with a 3.98 in Political Science and Economics.  With Santa Clara cross country/track receiving the honor for the fourth time in seven years, Oliver was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team in late June.  He was the only student-athlete from the West Coast Conference selected for the national academic honor and the only male in the state of California named to the team.

At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered in the sport of men's cross country, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a significant contributor to his team and participate in at least 50 percent of all contests, and have at least sophomore athletic and academic standing with at least one year in residence at the nominating institution.