2018 NCAA DI Cross Country Individual Academic Awards

NEW ORLEANS – There is a first time for everything, especially when it comes to being named NCAA Division I Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.

That was the case for Morgan McDonald and Jessica Hull, as well as the programs they represent. McDonald and Hull, who both starred at the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships back in November and most importantly, in the classroom, were named the Men’s and Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, respectively.

USTFCCCA NCAA DIVISION I ALL-ACADEMIC HISTORY

There were 267 student-athletes who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors with women accounting for 58.4 percent of the total (156). Arkansas led all programs with 13 combined individuals honored, including all seven of its women.

In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships or as an All-American at the NCAA Championships.

Past NCAA DI Scholar Athletes of the Year

Men
Women
Year Name Program Name Program
2017 Grant Fisher Stanford Ednah Kurgat New Mexico
2016 Grant Fisher Stanford Karissa Schweizer Missouri
2015 Sean McGorty Stanford Molly Seidel Notre Dame
2014 Edward Cheserek Oregon Kate Avery Iona
2013 Andrew Colley NC State Abbey D’Agostino Dartmouth
2012 Anthony Rotich UTEP Abbey D’Agostino Dartmouth
2011 Chris Derrick Stanford Sheila Reid Villanova
2010 Chris Derrick Stanford Sheila Reid Villanova
2009 David McNeill N. Arizona Angel Bizzarri Illinois
2008 Galen Rupp Oregon Tasmin Fanning Virginia Tech
2007 Galen Rupp Oregon Jenny Barringer Colorado
2006 Neftalem Araia Stanford Jenny Barringer Colorado

McDonald is the first Wisconsin athlete to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year, the first male athlete from the Big Ten Conference to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year and just the second athlete, period, from the Big Ten to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year (Angel Bizzarri from Illinois was the Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009).

After choosing to redshirt the 2017 season, McDonald came back with a vengeance in 2018. McDonald won individual titles at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, at the Big Ten Championships and most notably, the NCAA Championships on his home course in Madison.

Hull is the first Woman of Oregon to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year and is the first female athlete from the Pac-12 Conference to earn the honor as well (Men from the Pac-12 have won a staggering nine out of a possible 13 awards, including four in a row from 2014 to 2017).

It was a senior season to remember for Hull, who finished third at the NCAA Championships this past November. Hull won an individual title in the Cardinal Race at the Wisconsin Pre-National Invitational and took runner-up honors at both the Pac-12 Championships and the West Region Championships.

There were 27 athletes who earned a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.0, including 20 women.

The full list of student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA can be found below.

2018 NCAA DIVISION I CROSS COUNTRY – ALL-ACADEMIC INDIVIDUALS

GenderStudent-AthleteInstitutionMajor
MENNathan ThomasAir ForceCivil Engineering 
MENCarlos VillarrealArizonaPsychology and Communication 
MENGraham BrownArkansasInformation Systems 
MENCameron GriffithArkansasKinesiology: Exercise Science 
MENEthan MoehnArkansasEconomics & Public Health 
MENRyan MurphyArkansasKinesiology: Exercise Science 
MENColin O'MaraArkansasRecreation & Sport Management 
MENMatt YoungArkansasPre-Business 
MENMatt EdwardsBelmontOrganizational Leader & Communications 
MENJacob McLeodBelmontUndelcared 
MENDaniel SchafferBinghamtonElectrical Engineering, BS 
MENAlexander SealBoston UniversityEnvironmental Analysis & Policy 
MENJake HoffertBradleyManufacturing Engineering 
MENLuke HoffertBradleyManufacturing Engineering 
MENMichael WardBradleyBusiness Administration 
MENEuan MakepeaceButlerFinance 
MENJacob HeslingtonBYUMechanical Engineering 
MENConner MantzBYUMechanical Engineering 
MENClayson ShumwayBYUEconomics 
MENGarrett CorcoranCaliforniaMechanical Engineering 
MENAaron BienenfeldCincinnatiInterdisciplinary Studies 
MENJoe KleckerColoradoBiochemistry 
MENCarson HumeColorado StateChemistry 
MENPatrick BegleyConnecticutMechanical Engineering 
MENMarco PompiljDartmouthStudio Art 
MENSpencer DanielsonDaytonComputer Engineering 
MENChris NegriDaytonMechanical Engineering 
MENBenjamin KendellDetroit MercyElectrical Engineering 
MENJaime RomoEastern KentuckyPhysical Education (Masters) 
MENJames SugiraEastern KentuckySport Management 
MENBen VargheseETSUExercise Science 
MENSteven CrossFlorida StateFinance 
MENCaleb PottorffFlorida StateExercise Physiology 
MENJack Van ScoterGeorgetownInternational History 
MENHugo MilnerHarvardEnvironmental Science & Public Policy 
MENKieran TuntivateHarvardEconomics 
MENBilly MagnesenIllinoisStrategic Brand Communications (Master's) 
MENKyle MattesIllinois StateMathematics 
MENGarett CortezIncarnate WordSports Management 
MENDustin HorterIndianaSport Marketing & Management 
MENKyle MauIndianaSport Marketing & Management 
MENTheodorakis MedranoIndiana StateCriminology & Criminal Justice 
MENJamie DeeIonaUndeclared 
MENJack O'LearyIonaMarketing 
MENMilo GrederIowa StateKinesiology and Health 
MENAndrew JordanIowa StatePre-Business 
MENJohn NownesIowa StateAerospace Engineering 
MENJamie CroweLamarExercise Science 
MENJordan RoweLamarExercise Science 
MENKoby PedersonLoyola MarymountMarketing 
MENIsaac HardingMichiganMovement Science 
MENMatthew ThomasMichigan StateFinance 
MENAlec BastenMinnesotaKinesiology Honors 
MENEvan FerlicMinnesotaEconomics 
MENKieran WoodMissouriGlobal Public Affairs 
MENKyle MuellerMonmouthComputer Science 
MENKevin MurrayNavyMechanical Engineering 
MENGavin GaynorNC StateChemical Engineering 
MENEli MoskowitzNC StateBiological Sciences - Human Biology 
MENMark FreyhofNebraskaAgricultural Engineering 
MENGeorge KuscheNebraskaActuarial Science 
MENNathan JubranNorth FloridaPsychology 
MENDanny KilreaNotre DameBusiness 
MENYared NuguseNotre DameBiochemistry 
MENAnthony WilliamsNotre DameBiology 
MENAshenafi HatteOklahoma StateUniversity Studies/Education 
MENLuis MartinezOklahoma StateBusiness Analytics (Master's) 
MENIsai RodriguezOklahoma StateManagement 
MENMario Garcia RomoOle MissChemistry 
MENBen SavinoOle MissMechanical Engineering 
MENAaron GroffPennBiological Basis of Behavior 
MENAnthony RussoPennUndeclared 
MENSam WebbPennEconomics 
MENAlex TomaskoPenn StateInternational Politics 
MENNick HaugerPortlandBiology 
MENNoah SchuttePortlandOperations and Technology Management 
MENMichael SomersPortlandCommunication Studies 
MENViraj DeokarPrincetonOperations Research and Financial Engineering 
MENMatt GrossmanPrincetonUndeclared 
MENGannon WillcuttsPrincetonEconomics 
MENJaret CarpenterPurdueBiochemistry 
MENCurt EcksteinPurdueMechanical Engineering 
MENClay MusialRiceEnvironmental Science/English 
MENMiles ClikemanRichmondComputer Science/Math 
MENChris OlleySan FranciscoData Science (Masters) 
MENJack RoweSan FranciscoSports Management (Masters) 
MENStosh DavisSienaEconomics 
MENKyle BurdickSouth Dakota StateNatural Resource Law Enforcement 
MENAidan ReedSouthern UtahPolitical Science 
MENTai DingerStanfordManagement Science and Engineering (Masters) 
MENGrant FisherStanfordElectrical Engineering 
MENAlex OstbergStanfordHuman Biology 
MENAlek ParsonsStanfordEnvironmental Systems Engineering 
MENDominic HockenburySyracuseBiology 
MENAidan TookerSyracuseCommunication and Rhetorical Studies 
MENKristian JensenTempleNeuroscience 
MENGarek BielaczycTexasManagement Information Systems 
MENAlex RogersTexasSport Management 
MENSam WorleyTexasManagement Information Systems 
MENJacob PerryTexas A&MPhysics 
MENScott BeattieTulsaFinance 
MENPeter LynchTulsaMechanical Engineering 
MENColin BurkeUCLABusiness Economics 
MENMichael FamigliettiUMassAccounting 
MENPaul HoganUMass LowellCivil Engineering 
MENBen EidenschinkWisconsinBusiness (Finance, Investment and Banking) 
MENOlin HackerWisconsinBiology 
MENMorgan McDonaldWisconsinBusiness (Finance, Investment and Banking) 
MENChristopher HenryWyomingMolecular Biology, Physiology 
MENPaul RobertsWyomingMathematics/Civil Engineering 
WOMENJaci SmithAir ForceAstronautical Engineering 
WOMENSydney BrownArkansasElementary Education (English as a Second Language - Masters) 
WOMENLauren GregoryArkansasBiological Engineering 
WOMENMicah HuckabeeArkansasKinesiology/Exercise Science 
WOMENMadeleine ReedArkansasArchitechtual Studies 
WOMENKatrina RobinsonArkansasEngineering 
WOMENCarina ViljoenArkansasAccounting 
WOMENTaylor WernerArkansasKinesiology/Exercise Science 
WOMENAlexis FullerBoise StateCommunication 
WOMENClare O'BrienBoise StateEnvironmental Studies 
WOMENAllie OstranderBoise StateKinesiology 
WOMENMaxine PaholekBoise StateBusiness 
WOMENEmily VentersBoise StateKinesiology 
WOMENRachel WalnyBowling GreenHum Mov Sort Leisure Stdy 
WOMENGabby JuarezBradleyFamily & Consumer Science 
WOMENErica Birk-JarvisBYUFamily Life 
WOMENOlivia HojBYUPublic Health 
WOMENMiranda DaschianCal PolyPsychology 
WOMENKatie IzzoCal PolyBusiness 
WOMENMegan O'NeilCentral MichiganNeuroscience 
WOMENLogan MorrisClemsonIndustrial Engineering 
WOMENMackenzie CaldwellColoradoAccounting 
WOMENSage HurtaColoradoChemical & Biological Engineering/Pre-Medicine 
WOMENMakena MorleyColoradoAnthropology 
WOMENTabor SchollColoradoCommunication 
WOMENErin GregoireColumbiaEnvironmental and Sustainability 
WOMENAlexandra HaysColumbiaUndecided 
WOMENMaria KoganColumbiaComputer Science 
WOMENElizabeth KokesColumbiaEnvironmental and Sustainability 
WOMENIsabella DobsonCornellUndecided 
WOMENTaylor KnibbCornellPsychology 
WOMENAnnie TaylorCornellEngineering Physics 
WOMENGlendora MurphyDartmouthundeclared 
WOMENJulia StevensonDartmouthBiology 
WOMENLilian NdoroboEastern KentuckyPre-Medical Lab Science 
WOMENNatalie CizmasEastern MichiganExercise Science 
WOMENSydney MeyersEastern MichiganBusiness Marketing 
WOMENElisabeth BerghFloridaManagement 
WOMENMorgan HullFloridaEnvironmental Engineering 
WOMENJessica PascoeFloridaHealth, Education and Behavior 
WOMENCarley LutzowFlorida Gulf CoastExercise Science 
WOMENElizabeth FunderburkFlorida StateFinance 
WOMENJodie JuddFlorida StateEditing, Writing & Media 
WOMENMilitsa MirchevaFlorida StateInternational Affairs (Masters) 
WOMENMegan MooneyFlorida StateHospitality & Tourism 
WOMENMaudie SkyringFlorida StateExercise Physiology 
WOMENSavannah CarnahanFurmanChemistry 
WOMENEmma Grace HurleyFurmanCommunications 
WOMENSuzanne DannheimGeorge WashingtonFinance 
WOMENJessica DropGeorgiaCellular Biology 
WOMENGrace TavaniGeorgiaSpanish & Communication Studies 
WOMENLisa TertschHarvardHuman Evolutionary Biology 
WOMENFamke HeinstHigh PointExercise Science 
WOMENMadison MarascoIllinoisUndeclared 
WOMENAllison McGrathIllinoisIntegrative Biology 
WOMENMaggie AllenIndianaFinance 
WOMENKatherine ReceveurIndianaInterior Design 
WOMENEgle MorenaiteIonaUndeclared 
WOMENSophie MurphyIonaUndeclared 
WOMENAnnie FrisbieIowa StateGraphic Design 
WOMENCailie LogueIowa StateKinesiology and Health 
WOMENAmanda VestriIowa StateKinesiology and Health 
WOMENCaitlin ShepardKentuckyKinesiology Health Promotion - Exercise Science 
WOMENGrace ManciniLa SalleComputer Science/Math 
WOMENCourtney BrennerLipscombDietetics 
WOMENDorcas WasikeLouisvilleNursing 
WOMENLindsey BrewisLoyola-ChicagoSupply Chain Management (MBA) 
WOMENClaire BorchersMichiganInternational Studies / Spanish 
WOMENCamille DavreMichiganUndeclared 
WOMENAnne ForsythMichiganUndeclared 
WOMENHannah MeierMichiganSport Management (Master's) 
WOMENMaggie FarrellMichigan StateDietetics 
WOMENAnnie FullerMichigan StateKinesiology 
WOMENErin McDonaldMichigan StateApplied Engineering Sciences 
WOMENJeralyn PoeMichigan StateEnvironmental Geography 
WOMENPamela KosgeiMiddle TennesseeScience 
WOMENBethany HaszMinnesotaKinesiology 
WOMENMegan HaszMinnesotaKinesiology 
WOMENReilly RevordMissouriArts & Science 
WOMENNell CrosbyNC StatePhysiology, Poultry Science (Masters) 
WOMENElly HenesNC StatePsychology 
WOMENHeather HoltNC StateExploratory Studies 
WOMENIsabel ZimmermannNC StateNutrition Science 
WOMENErika FreyhofNebraskaNutrition and Dietetics 
WOMENHiley DobbsNevadaCommunity Health Sciences, Emphasis on Public Health 
WOMENAdva CohenNew MexicoPre Computer Science 
WOMENSophie EckelNew MexicoLiberal Arts 
WOMENEdnah KurgatNew MexicoCommunity Health Education 
WOMENEmily MartinNew MexicoNursing 
WOMENArina KleshchukovaNew OrleansHotel, Restaurants, and Tourism 
WOMENKelby AndersonNorth Dakota StateNursing 
WOMENAshley TuttNorthern IllinoisEducation 
WOMENSarah NicholsonNorthwesternEconomics 
WOMENAubrey RobertsNorthwesternNeuroscience 
WOMENRachel DaDamioNotre DameApplied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics 
WOMENJacqueline GaughanNotre DameBusiness 
WOMENJessica HarrisNotre DameManagement (Master's) 
WOMENAnna RohrerNotre DameNeuroscience and Behavior 
WOMENHaley HerbergOklahomaEnvironmental Engineering 
WOMENGrace BakerOklahoma StateMaster's in International Studies 
WOMENSinclaire JohnsonOklahoma StateEconomics/Pre-Law 
WOMENTaylor SomersOklahoma StateStrategic Communication 
WOMENMaddie KingOle MissGeneral Business 
WOMENClio Ozanne-JaquesOle MissExercise Science 
WOMENYlvi TraxlerOle MissFreshman Studies 
WOMENLisa VogelgesangOle MissPsychology 
WOMENIsabelle BrauerOregonGeneral Social Science: Applied Business, Economics and Society 
WOMENCarmela Cardama BaezOregonPsychology 
WOMENJessica HullOregonHuman Physiology and Psychology 
WOMENWeronika PyzikOregonBusiness Administration 
WOMENJuliana MountOregon StateLiberal Arts/Speech Communication 
WOMENMaddie VillalbaPennMusic 
WOMENKathryn MunksPenn StateKinesiology 
WOMENMoira O'SheaPenn StatePolitical Science 
WOMENDanae RiversPenn StateIntegrative Arts 
WOMENAlison WillingmyrePenn StateEngineering 
WOMENSam ShieldsPittsburghNursing 
WOMENLauren LaRoccoPortlandBiomedical Engineering 
WOMENTaryn RawlingsPortlandBusiness Administration 
WOMENAoibhe RichardsonPortlandPsychology 
WOMENSophie CantinePrincetonUndeclared 
WOMENMelia ChittendenPrincetonUndeclared 
WOMENAlie FordycePrincetonAnthropology 
WOMENAllie KlimkiewiczPrincetonHistory 
WOMENMadison OffsteinPrincetonEcology and Evolutionary Biology 
WOMENEmma RafusePurdue Fort WaynePsychology and Communication 
WOMENKhayla PatelRiceCognitive Sciences 
WOMENLourdes Vivas de LorenziRiceUndeclared 
WOMENHannah MillerSMUJournalism 
WOMENSvenja OjstersekSMUMasters of LIberal Studies 
WOMENMegan BillingtonSouth DakotaKinesiology & Sport Management (Emphasis in Exercise Science) 
WOMENRachel KingSouth Dakota StateHealth Education 
WOMENAngie NickersonSouthern UtahMasters in Public Administration 
WOMENElise CrannyStanfordHuman Biology 
WOMENFiona O'KeeffeStanfordEarth Systems 
WOMENMary MaloneSyracusePublic Relations 
WOMENGrace MooreTempleExercise Science 
WOMENKira Von EhrenTempleSports Business (Masters) 
WOMENMegan MurrayTennesseeInterdisciplinary Studies (Neuroscience Concentration) 
WOMENAbby GuidryTexasEnvironmental Science 
WOMENAthena WelshToledoMarketing 
WOMENCaitlin KlopferTulsaChemical Engineering 
WOMENCierra Simmons-MechamUtah StateDietetics 
WOMENCaroline AlcortaVillanovaPublic Administration (Masters) 
WOMENNicole HutchsinsonVillanovaAccounting 
WOMENLydia OlivereVillanovaUndecided 
WOMENAbbey GreenVirginiaArts & Sciences Undeclared 
WOMENSara FreixVirginia TechBiological Systems Engineering 
WOMENMeredith SmithWake ForestHealth and Exercise Science 
WOMENKatie RainsbergerWashingtonMedical Anthropology and Global Health 
WOMENAllie SchadlerWashingtonCivil Engineering 
WOMENWinny KoskeiWichita StateHealth Science 
WOMENRebekah TophamWichita StateSport Management 
WOMENAlicia MonsonWisconsinNutritional Sciences