USTFCCCA Announces Division I Women’s XC Scholar Athlete of the Year

Courtesy: Shannon Wright, USTFCCCA

March 2, 2009   

NEW ORLEANS – Virginia Tech senior Tasmin Fanning has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s NCAA Division I Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year, the Association announced on Monday.

The Charlottesville, Virginia native finished third overall at 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships. Earlier in the season, she finished as runner-up at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and then won the Southeast Regional title. Fanning is the first Hokie to ever win an NCAA Cross Country Regional title, male or female.

Fanning maintains a 3.40 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech.

The senior was named the 2008 USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

A total of 77 Division I female student-athletes received 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic honors, representing 52 Division I institutions. University of Minnesota placed the most student-athletes on the list with five, followed closely by West Virginia University with four student-athletes receiving All-Academic recognition.

The Big Ten Conference had the most conference student-athletes on the 2008 USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic list with 13, followed by the Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference with eight student-athletes each, and the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference, each with six conference student-athletes on the list.

The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish in the top 15 finishers (or top 10%) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet or attain All-American status at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

Galen Rupp of the University of Oregon is the 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The 2008 NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team

NAME MAJOR INSTITUTION
Meghan Gaffney Education Appalachian State University
Ali Kielty Marketing Arizona State University
Erin Bedell Exercise Science Baylor University
Danielle Bradley Health Science Baylor University
Angela Wagner Broadcast Journalism Brigham Young University
Jenna Baker Nursing Clemson University
Ellen Rastall English Colorado State University
Megan Lessard Women’s Studies Columbia University
Alaina Miller Economics Columbia University
Caroline Sanker Psychology Davidson College
Brittany Copeland Recreational Therapy East Carolina University
Lydia Willemse Chemistry Florida State University
Elizabeth Maloy Psychology Georgetown University
Janel Blancett Computer Science Georgia State University
Claire Richardson Undeclared Harvard University
Sarah Pease Exercise Science Indiana University, Bloomington
Wendy Robinson Exercise Science Indiana University, Bloomington
Crystina Martinez Business Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Crystal Martinez Business Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne
Ashling Baker Speech Pathology Iona College
Beverly Ramos Physical Sciences Kansas State University
Rebekah Ricksecker Music Liberty University
Kelsey McHugh Zoology Miami University (Ohio)
Emily Langenberg Undecided Michigan State University
Lisa Senakiewich English Michigan State University
Veronica Pohl Educational Leadership Northern Arizona University
Annie Beecham Journalism Ohio University
Kari Summers Biological Sciences Ohio University
Bridget Franek Kinesiology Pennsylvania State University
Allison Pye N/A Rice University
Eleanor Waite Psychology Rice University
Silje Fjortoft Undecided Southern Methodist University
Alicia Follmar Human Biology Stanford University
Katie Harrington American Studies Stanford University
Lucy Van Dalen Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University
Holly Van Dalen Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University
Anne Ronoh Nursing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Larisa Arcip Psychology University of Akron
Denise Bargiachi Business University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Catherine White Nutrition University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Kaitlin Gregg International Relations/Econ University of California, Davis
Ali Crabb Biology University of Florida
Jacy Kruzel Marketing University of Florida
Angela Bizzarri Molecular and Cellular Biology University of Illinois, Champaign
Chantelle Groenewoud General Curriculum University of Illinois, Champaign
Jessica Ortman Communications University of Kentucky
Jenna Ortman Communications University of Kentucky
Tarah McKay Exercise Science University of Louisville
Heather Dorniden Kinesiology University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Megan Duwell Marketing University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Amy Laskowske Global Studies University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Felicitas Mensing Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Mallory VanNess Architecture University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Rachel Carrizales Elementary Education University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lara Crofford Nutrition Science & Dietetics University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Michelle Corrigan University Studies University of New Mexico
Kelly Waters Chemical Engineering University of Oklahoma
Nicole Blood Journalism University of Oregon
Alexandra Kosinski Undeclared University of Oregon
Leah Brogan N/A University of Pennsylvania
Nicol Traynor Psychology University of Richmond
Jackie Areson Biology University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sarah Bowman Business Administration University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Alyssa Abbott Exercise and Sport Science University of Utah
Lauretta Dezubay Kinesiology University of Virginia
Amanda Miller Communications University of Washington
Gwen Jorgensen Accounting University of Wisconsin, Madison
Emily Higgins Exercise Science University of Wyoming
Callie Hogan Psychology Villanova University
Kaitlyn Tallman Human Services Villanova University
Tasmin Fanning Human Nutrition/Foods & Exercise Virginia Tech
Mary Elizabeth Burns Health and Exercise Science Wake Forest University
Ganna Nosenko Undeclared Wake Forest University
Marie Louise Asselin Bio-Chemistry West Virginia University
Keri Bland Mathematics West Virginia University
Kaylyn Christopher Journalism West Virginia University
Ahna Lewis Education West Virginia University