Paez, Whitings Named DI Cross Country All-Academic

USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals List

USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams List

NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the 2014 Division I Cross Country Academic Awards and both the University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s cross country teams were named All-Academic Teams. In addition, senior Conner Paez and sophomore twins Clarissa Whiting and Cleo Whiting earned All-Academic Individual honors.

Paez was among the 91 men in DI who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, while the Whitings were among 153. To receive the recognition, the athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished in the top 25 finishers (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet.

While the Scholar Teams of the Year went to Michigan State (women) and Stanford (men), the Scholar-Athlete of the Year was awarded to Iona’s Kate Avery and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek. Both athletes finished as the national champions and earned the recognition by being the best individual finishers at the 2014 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

The Big Ten had the most representation on the individual list with 15 and was well ahead of the Ivy League’s nine, while the SEC had the most honorees on the women’s side make the list with 19. The Big Ten and ACC followed with 17 each.