Paez, Whiting Named Inquirer Academic All-Area

PHILADELPHIA – Announced Tuesday afternoon, University of Pennsylvania cross country senior Conner Paez and sophomore Clarissa Whiting were named to the 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Teams. The men’s and women’s teams were determined by over 25 sports information directors in the Philadelphia area. Each SID casted votes based on both academic and athletic accomplishments.

This fall, Paez and Whiting earned NCAA Division I All-Region honors, following the completion of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship meet hosted by Penn State. Both runners were the second Quaker to cross the line in their respective races.

Paez helped lead the men on the 10k course to total 151 points for sixth place out of 23 teams. He finished 23rd in the region with a time of 30:47. On the women’s side, Whiting finished 20th with her time of 21:12 on the 6k course, helping the team place sixth out of 29 teams with a total of 183 points.

Before the regional race, Paez helped the Red and Blue to their best finish and lowest score at the Heptagonal Championships since 2007. He ran a personal best at Heps with a time of 24:53.3, was the second runner from Penn to finish, and was one place shy of earning second-team All-Ivy with his placing of 15th. Also this season, Paez led the Quakers to a first-place finish of 15 points at the Big 5 Invitational.

As for Whiting, she was the third runner to score for Penn at Heps and saw an improvement of 7.3 seconds from her time last year. Whiting was the 34th runner to cross the finish line and completed the 6k at 21:35.3. Two weeks before Heps, Whiting led the Red and Blue to a third-place finish (out of 35 teams) at the Princeton Invitational, finishing first for Penn and 13th overall.

To be eligible for academic all-area consideration, a student-athlete must have at least a sophomore status, both academically and athletically, and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20.