David McNeill of Northern Arizona Named Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

David McNeill of Northern Arizona Named Division I Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – David McNeill of Northern Arizona has been named as Division I’s male cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. McNeill is also among 58 given All-Academic status for the previous cross country season for their efforts in the classroom and on nation’s cross country courses.

2008 Honorees | Award History

McNeill, a junior from Melbourne, Australia, has a 3.75 cumulative GPA in Exercise Science. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award goes to the highest individual finisher from the previous year’s NCAA Cross Country Championship among those given USTFCCCA All-Academic status.

This fall, McNeill placed second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., to follow up a NCAA Mountain Region title. McNeill was named as the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Athlete of the Year after he won his region for the second-straight year. In this year’s regional race, McNeill used the final 1000 meters to open a 12-second gap on the field. McNeill also won the Big Sky Cross Country Championship for the second-straight year, doing so in 2009 by 56 seconds.

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 among the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.

The 58 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees represent 35 schools around the country.

The list also includes five regional champions and seven who finished in the nation’s top 10 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Iona and Stanford each placed four as All-Academic honorees while national champion Oklahoma State had three.

The Big 12 and the Pac-10  each had seven of its conference members reach All-Academic status while the BIG EAST had six.

The female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Division I is Illinois’ Angela Bizzarri. Those institutions given All-Academic Team status will be named on Wednesday, March 3 (women) and Friday, March 5 (men).

USTFCCCA 2009 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, MEN

* Reported having a 4.0 cumulative GPA
^ Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Brandon Bethke Interdisciplinary Studies Arizona State University
Miles Batty Exercise Science Brigham Young University
Tommy Gruenewald Exercise Science Brigham Young University
Andy Baker Business Butler University
Madison Roeder Education Butler University
Zach Gates Undeclared College of William and Mary
Brian Sklodowski Finance College of William and Mary
Brendan Martin Economics Columbia University
Tom Robbins Chemistry Dartmouth College
Chris Zablocki History Dartmouth College
Bo Waggoner Mathematics Duke University
Matthew Leeder Psychology Florida State University
Andrew Bumbalough Professional Studies Georgetown University
Mark Dennin Undeclared Georgetown University
Daniel Chenoweth sociology Harvard University
Zachary Mayhew Business Indiana University, Bloomington
Andrew Poore Mathematics Indiana University, Bloomington
Thorsten Baumeister Undeclared Iona College
Matthew Bayley Accounting Iona College
Ryan Sheridan History Iona College
Alexander Soderberg Chemistry Iona College
Hillary Bor Accounting Iowa State University
Tyler Jones Information Technology La Salle University
Evans Kosgei Computer Science Engineering Lehigh University
Moldovan Bobby Elementary Education North Carolina State University
Patrick Campbell Biological Sciences North Carolina State University
David McNeill^ Exercise Science Northern Arizona University
German Fernandez Sociology Oklahoma State University
Colby Lowe Sports Management Oklahoma State University
Ryan Vail International Studies Oklahoma State University
Rob Speare Physics Princeton University
Caden Shields Bio-Chemistry Purdue University
Chris Derrick undeclared Stanford University
Elliott Heath Biomechanical Engineering Stanford University
Justin Marpole-Bird International Relations Stanford University
Miles Unterreiner Undeclared Stanford University
DuPont Patrick Music Composition Syracuse University
Jeff Scull Exercise Science Syracuse University
Mitch Bible Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University, College Station
Joe Sauvageau Petroleum Engineering Texas A&M University, College Station
Jeff See Marketing The Ohio State University
Taylor Williams Electrical/Mechanical Engineering The Ohio State University
Lane Boyer Geology University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Solomon Haile undeclared University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Marco Anzures History University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Eaton Exercise Science University of Louisville
Cory Thorne Management University of Louisville
Barnabas Kirui Banking and Finance University of Mississippi
Chris Barnicle Lang., Lit., and Soc. Studies University of New Mexico
Rory Fraser Physical Education University of New Mexico
Rob Sorrell Aviation University of Oklahoma
Luke Puskedra History University of Oregon
Tommy Betterbed Business Administration University of Portland
Joash Osoro Business University of Portland
John Beattie Business Administration University of Tulsa
Hugo Beamish English Villanova University
Mathew Mildenhall Business Villanova University
Devin Cornwall Marketing Virginia Tech