by McKenzie Julian, sports information student assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Cross Country team added eight runners to the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) 2018 Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team, released Friday.
At the top of the team is senior Sarah Wilder (Tifton) with a perfect 4.00 GPA in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, earning her third All-Academic honor.
The junior class brought in five of the eight Bobcat runners on the list. Junior Maddy Howe (Dacula) earns her second All-Academic honor with a 3.89 GPA in Education. Classmates Rachel Boulineau (Canton) and Kaitlyn Griffith (Cumming) both posted a 3.75 GPAs in Exercise Science and Psychology with a Spanish minor, respectively. This is Boulineau's first All-Academic honor with Georgia College and Griffith's second. Junior Grace Lynch (Snellville) received her second All-Academic honor with a 3.71 GPA in Education, and fellow junior Madison Bowers (Cumming) received her second honor with a 3.42 GPA in Outdoor Education.
Sophomore Sydney Brown (Canton) brought home her first All-Academic honor with a 3.67 GPA in Biology, adding a minor in Psychology. Classmate Tessa Allen (Atlanta) received her first honor with a 3.61 GPA in Exercise Science.
The academic team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution.
The Bobcats race next at the PBC Championships in Augusta Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:15 a.m.
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