MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University cross country team, including three individual student-athletes, were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their academic success during the 2016 season, on Thursday.
After posting top-21 finishes at the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals and maintaining their academics, redshirt juniors Amy Cashin
, Maggie Drazba
and Jillian Forsey
were named to the USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Individuals Team. Additionally, the WVU squad was named an All-Academic Team for maintaining a cumulative 3.49 GPA.
“Amy, Maggie and Jillian have been rock solid since the day they arrived on campus,” said coach Sean Cleary. “The level with which they approach their sport and academics is exceptional. This honor is well deserved and very much appreciated.”
Forsey, majoring in exercise physiology, managed to upkeep a cumulative 3.72 grade point average while making her way to the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, native punched her ticket to nationals after a runner-up finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, where she earned her third all-region honor. Forsey capped the season in 97th place at the NCAA Championships.
Majoring in human nutrition and foods, Drazba concluded the season with a 3.80 GPA and earned her ticket to the NCAA Championships after she placed 11th at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, her second all-region accolade. Drazba, a St. Mary’s, West Virginia, native finished 58th at the NCAA Championships, posting her best finish at the championship.
A sport and exercise psychology major, Cashin capped off the 2016 campaign with a 3.91 GPA and a 21st-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals. From Werribee, Australia, she earned her first career all-region honor.
In order to qualify for the individual honor, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet. In total, there were 265 athletes named USTFCCCA All-Academic.
WVU capped its season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals.