USTFCCCA Announces Division II Men’s XC Scholar Athlete of the Year

By Keith Nunez, USTFCCCA

February 27, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – For the third straight year, a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) cross country athlete has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.  Adams State’s Aaron Braun is the 2008 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year, announced Friday by the USTFCCCA.

Braun, a sophomore from Fort Collins, Colo. has a 3.750 cumulative GPA and is majoring in mathematics.  He was the runner-up at this year’s NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships, helping pave the way for Adams State to take home its first men’s cross country national title since 2003.

Braun was this year’s Central Regional winner and RMAC conference winner.  He was named the 2008 USTFCCCA Division II Men’s Central Region Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

Two of Braun’s championship teammates, Rueben Chebon-Mwei and Luke Cragg, joined him on the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic list.

A total of 138 Division II male student-athletes received 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic honors, representing 68 Division II institutions.  Christian Brothers University, Slippery Rock University, and Western State College of Colorado placed the most student-athletes on the All-Academic list with five each.

The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) had the most conference student-athletes on the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic list with 29, followed by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with 14.

To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be elibigle.  The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30% of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships, or in the top 50% of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific is the 2008 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Athlete of the Year.

The 2008 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Men’s All-Academic Team

NAME MAJOR INSTITUTION
Charles White Undeclared Abilene Christian University
Aaron Braun Mathematics Adams State College
Luke Cragg Human Perf./PE/Sports Admin. Adams State College
Reuben Mwei Psychology Adams State College
Adam Clark Psychology Adelphi University
Ryan Pezzulo English Adelphi University
Ryan Skotnicki Computer Science Alderson-Broaddus College
Anthony Beggrow Intervention Specialist Ashland University
Richard Featheringill Fine Arts Ashland University
Jeremy Trein Marketing Ashland University
Brock Weaver Finance Ashland University
Matt Braithwaite Biology Augustana College (South Dakota)
Corey Winner Deaf Education Barton College
David Moyer Engineering Science Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Puzey Exercise/Sport Science Brigham Young University, Hawaii
Angel Marquez Music/Recording Arts California State University, Chico
Manny Mejia Jr. Business Administration California State University, Chico
Christopher Clark Exercise Science California University of Pennsylvania
Chuck Kacsur Sport Management California University of Pennsylvania
Timothy Lahmers Meteorology California University of Pennsylvania
Tony Russo Sport Management California University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Madden Religion Carson-Newman College
Stephen Hill Bio Chemical Engineering Christian Brothers University
Jordan Michael Business Administration Christian Brothers University
Spencer Ridenour Business Administration Christian Brothers University
Nate Spears Mechanical Engineering Christian Brothers University
John Waldorf Electrical Engineering Christian Brothers University
Fidelis Mutiso Mathematics Clayton State University
Au Nyguen Business Clayton State University
Patrick Cullen Business Administration College of Saint Rose
Zach Phelps Political Science College of Saint Rose
Roger Hagues Business Administration Columbus State University
Stewart Helton Biology Columbus State University
David Marley Exercise Science Columbus State University
Derek Berry Architecture Drury University
Geoff Hughes Computer Information Systems Drury University
Jaime Villa Zapatero Business Drury University
Daniel Kiptoo Physics East Central University
Greg Laraia Athletic Training East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kyle Jones Geosciences Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Chris Lantinen English/journalism Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Barry McLaughlin Mathematics Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Skyler Delmott Biology Emporia State University
Myles Garza Aerospace Engineering Florida Institute of Technology
Christopher Hammer Mathematics/Secondary Education Grand Valley State University
Anthony Witt Health Profession Grand Valley State University
Philip Biwott Accounting Harding University
Artur Kern Political Science Harding University
Kevin Enriques Accounting Hawaii Pacific University
Charles Wysong Finance Hillsdale College
Ben Loht Communication Design Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Ryan Reich Secondary Education History Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Nate Trimble Wildlife Biology Lees-McRae College
Ty Dannenbring Chemistry Lenoir-Rhyne College
Jacob Stuckey Health/Exercise Science Lenoir-Rhyne College
Justin Amy Health Science/Pre-Prof Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Tim Getz Health Science/Pre-PT Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Brandon Pomerantz Recreation Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Jed Yeatts Sports Administration Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Joe Stanek Nutrition Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Carpenter Political Science Mars Hill College
Aaron Thomas Business Administration Mars Hill College
Adam Holmes Political Science Merrimack College
Nicholas Santoro Business Merrimack College
James Boyer History Education Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Zachary Kelchner Biology Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Adam Malloy Elementary Education Millersville University of Pennsylvania
James McBride Business Millersville University of Pennsylvania
James Krajsa Sports Management Minnesota State University, Mankato
Dana Schmidt Exercise Science Minnesota State University, Mankato
Christian Bell Undeclared Missouri Southern State University
Brennon Benkert Bio Chemistry Missouri Southern State University
Derek Mendell Education Missouri Southern State University
Aki Nummela International Business Missouri Southern State University
Nicaise Kazingo Business New Mexico Highlands University
Amos Kipkosgei Biology New York Institute of Technology
Drew Harris Political Science/Criminal Justice Northern Kentucky University
Matthew Shoulta Sports Business Northern Kentucky University
Josh Jerome Marketing/Management Northwood University (Michigan)
Sam Watson Marketing/Management Northwood University (Michigan)
Steve Genther Management Saginaw Valley State University
Cortland Seaver Pre-Med Saginaw Valley State University
Chad Meis Electrical Engineering Seattle Pacific University
Bryan Beegle Criminal Justice Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Stephen Schelander Economics Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Dustin Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Evan Mathews Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Pat Reagan Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Brian Ulrich Exercise Science Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Jeff Weiss Physical Education Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Will Hansen Business Southwest Baptist University
Michael McCampbell Biology Southwest Baptist University
Josh Pickett Politics St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Matthew Meagher Biology Stonehill College
Stephen Polito Fine Arts Stonehill College
Jonathan Kern Exercise/Sport Studies Tarleton State University
Cody Hughes Undeclared Texas A&M University-Commerce
Robert Reed Kinesiology & Sport Studies Texas A&M University-Commerce
Tyler Tyndell Kinesiology & Sport Studies Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jeremy Lee Criminal Justice Tiffin University
Bob Gorman Business Truman State University
Josh Mantooth Biology Truman State University
Josh Moshier Physics University of Alabama in Huntsville
David Kiplagat Finance/Economics University of Alaska Anchorage
Paul Rottich Finance/Economics University of Alaska Anchorage
Gabriel LaMothe Business Management University of California, San Diego
David Fuchs English University of Central Missouri
Anthony Schulz Business University of Central Missouri
Dan Pinter Accounting University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Dan Pinter Business University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Jason DeDonato Exercise Physiology University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Ruben Sanca Finance University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Tanner Fruit Pre-Physical Therapy University of Nebraska at Kearney
Quinn Willet Biology University of Nebraska at Kearney
Brendan Devine History University of Southern Indiana
Bryan Phillips Exercise Science University of Southern Indiana
Robert Roads Physical Education University of Southern Indiana
Kevin Lane Business University of Tampa
Jeremy Lautzenheiser Education University of Tampa
Tony Nicolosi Sports Management University of Tampa
Ben Orvold Business University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Kevin deBear Secondary Education Wayne State University (Michigan)
Chris Tassen Chemical Engineering Wayne State University (Michigan)
Brian Leisenring Business West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Michael Malejko Exercise Science West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Braxton Jackson Public Health Western Oregon University
Nik Karr Health Western Oregon University
Brandon Snook Earth Science Western Oregon University
Zeke Van Patten Biology Western Oregon University
Loren Ahonen Environmental Studies/Political Science Western State College of Colorado
Sean Brown Exercise/Sport Science Western State College of Colorado
Jason Graham Graphic Design/Business Western State College of Colorado
Tyler Pennel History/Sociology Western State College of Colorado
Ryan Wilbur Biology Western State College of Colorado
Jordan Welling Manufacturing/Supply Chain Mgmt. Western Washington University
Jobey Knapton Athletic Training Wheeling Jesuit University
David Sanctis Management Wingate University
Jayce Watson Mathematics Wingate University