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

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MENColin O'MaraRS SRArkansasRecreation & Sport Management
MENMatt YoungSOArkansasPre-Business
MENMatt EdwardsSRBelmontOrganizational Leader & Communications
MENJacob McLeodFRBelmontUndelcared
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MENAlexander SealSRBoston UniversityEnvironmental Analysis & Policy
MENJake HoffertJRBradleyManufacturing Engineering
MENLuke HoffertJRBradleyManufacturing Engineering
MENMichael WardSRBradleyBusiness Administration
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MENJacob HeslingtonJRBYUMechanical Engineering
MENConner MantzFRBYUMechanical Engineering
MENClayson ShumwaySOBYUEconomics
MENGarrett CorcoranRS SRCaliforniaMechanical Engineering
MENAaron BienenfeldJRCincinnatiInterdisciplinary Studies
MENJoe KleckerJRColoradoBiochemistry
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MENPatrick BegleyRS SRConnecticutMechanical Engineering
MENMarco PompiljSRDartmouthStudio Art
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MENChris NegriSRDaytonMechanical Engineering
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MENJack Van ScoterJRGeorgetownInternational History
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MENTheodorakis MedranoSRIndiana StateCriminology & Criminal Justice
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MENAlex RogersSRTexasSport Management
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MENChristopher HenryJRWyomingMolecular Biology, Physiology
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WOMENSydney BrownSRArkansasElementary Education (English as a Second Language - Masters)
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WOMENMadeleine ReedJRArkansasArchitechtual Studies
WOMENKatrina RobinsonFRArkansasEngineering
WOMENCarina ViljoenJRArkansasAccounting
WOMENTaylor WernerJRArkansasKinesiology/Exercise Science
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WOMENClare O'BrienJRBoise StateEnvironmental Studies
WOMENAllie OstranderRS JRBoise StateKinesiology
WOMENMaxine PaholekFRBoise StateBusiness
WOMENEmily VentersSOBoise StateKinesiology
WOMENRachel WalnyRS SRBowling GreenHum Mov Sort Leisure Stdy
WOMENGabby JuarezJRBradleyFamily & Consumer Science
WOMENErica Birk-JarvisJRBYUFamily Life
WOMENOlivia HojJRBYUPublic Health
WOMENMiranda DaschianJRCal PolyPsychology
WOMENKatie IzzoRS JRCal PolyBusiness
WOMENMegan O'NeilSRCentral MichiganNeuroscience
WOMENLogan MorrisSOClemsonIndustrial Engineering
WOMENMackenzie CaldwellSRColoradoAccounting
WOMENSage HurtaJRColoradoChemical & Biological Engineering/Pre-Medicine
WOMENMakena MorleySRColoradoAnthropology
WOMENTabor SchollJRColoradoCommunication
WOMENErin GregoireSRColumbiaEnvironmental and Sustainability
WOMENAlexandra HaysSOColumbiaUndecided
WOMENMaria KoganSOColumbiaComputer Science
WOMENElizabeth KokesSRColumbiaEnvironmental and Sustainability
WOMENIsabella DobsonSOCornellUndecided
WOMENTaylor KnibbJRCornellPsychology
WOMENAnnie TaylorSRCornellEngineering Physics
WOMENGlendora MurphySODartmouthundeclared
WOMENJulia StevensonJRDartmouthBiology
WOMENLilian NdoroboFREastern KentuckyPre-Medical Lab Science
WOMENNatalie CizmasRS SREastern MichiganExercise Science
WOMENSydney MeyersSREastern MichiganBusiness Marketing
WOMENElisabeth BerghRS JRFloridaManagement
WOMENMorgan HullRS SRFloridaEnvironmental Engineering
WOMENJessica PascoeJRFloridaHealth, Education and Behavior
WOMENCarley LutzowSRFlorida Gulf CoastExercise Science
WOMENElizabeth FunderburkFRFlorida StateFinance
WOMENJodie JuddSOFlorida StateEditing, Writing & Media
WOMENMilitsa MirchevaSRFlorida StateInternational Affairs (Masters)
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WOMENMaudie SkyringSOFlorida StateExercise Physiology
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WOMENEmma Grace HurleyJRFurmanCommunications
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WOMENJessica DropJRGeorgiaCellular Biology
WOMENGrace TavaniSRGeorgiaSpanish & Communication Studies
WOMENLisa TertschJRHarvardHuman Evolutionary Biology
WOMENFamke HeinstSOHigh PointExercise Science
WOMENMadison MarascoFRIllinoisUndeclared
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WOMENMaggie AllenSRIndianaFinance
WOMENKatherine ReceveurSRIndianaInterior Design
WOMENEgle MorenaiteSOIonaUndeclared
WOMENSophie MurphySOIonaUndeclared
WOMENAnnie FrisbieSRIowa StateGraphic Design
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WOMENAmanda VestriSOIowa StateKinesiology and Health
WOMENEmma RafuseSRIPFWPsychology and Communication
WOMENCaitlin ShepardJRKentuckyKinesiology Health Promotion - Exercise Science
WOMENGrace ManciniJRLa SalleComputer Science/Math
WOMENCourtney BrennerJRLipscombDietetics
WOMENDorcas WasikeJRLouisvilleNursing
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WOMENCamille DavreRS FRMichiganUndeclared
WOMENAnne ForsythFRMichiganUndeclared
WOMENHannah MeierRS SRMichiganSport Management (Master's)
WOMENMaggie FarrellSOMichigan StateDietetics
WOMENAnnie FullerRS JRMichigan StateKinesiology
WOMENErin McDonaldRS SRMichigan StateApplied Engineering Sciences
WOMENJeralyn PoeRS JRMichigan StateEnvironmental Geography
WOMENPamela KosgeiSOMiddle TennesseeScience
WOMENBethany HaszJRMinnesotaKinesiology
WOMENMegan HaszJRMinnesotaKinesiology
WOMENReilly RevordFRMissouriArts & Science
WOMENNell CrosbySRNC StatePhysiology, Poultry Science (Masters)
WOMENElly HenesJRNC StatePsychology
WOMENHeather HoltFRNC StateExploratory Studies
WOMENIsabel ZimmermannSONC StateNutrition Science
WOMENErika FreyhofFRNebraskaNutrition and Dietetics
WOMENHiley DobbsJRNevadaCommunity Health Sciences, Emphasis on Public Health
WOMENAdva CohenSONew MexicoPre Computer Science
WOMENSophie EckelSONew MexicoLiberal Arts
WOMENEdnah KurgatJRNew MexicoCommunity Health Education
WOMENEmily MartinSRNew MexicoNursing
WOMENArina KleshchukovaFRNew OrleansHotel, Restaurants, and Tourism
WOMENKelby AndersonSONorth Dakota StateNursing
WOMENAshley TuttSONorthern IllinoisEducation
WOMENSarah NicholsonJRNorthwesternEconomics
WOMENAubrey RobertsJRNorthwesternNeuroscience
WOMENRachel DaDamioSRNotre DameApplied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics
WOMENJacqueline GaughanFRNotre DameBusiness
WOMENJessica HarrisRS SRNotre DameManagement (Master's)
WOMENAnna RohrerSRNotre DameNeuroscience and Behavior
WOMENHaley HerbergFROklahomaEnvironmental Engineering
WOMENGrace BakerSOOklahoma StateMaster's in International Studies
WOMENSinclaire JohnsonJROklahoma StateEconomics/Pre-Law
WOMENTaylor SomersSOOklahoma StateStrategic Communication
WOMENMaddie KingSOOle MissGeneral Business
WOMENClio Ozanne-JaquesSOOle MissExercise Science
WOMENYlvi TraxlerRS FROle MissFreshman Studies
WOMENLisa VogelgesangRS FROle MissPsychology
WOMENIsabelle BrauerJROregonGeneral Social Science: Applied Business, Economics and Society
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WOMENJessica HullSROregonHuman Physiology and Psychology
WOMENWeronika PyzikSROregonBusiness Administration
WOMENJuliana MountSROregon StateLiberal Arts/Speech Communication
WOMENMaddie VillalbaJRPennMusic
WOMENKathryn MunksJRPenn StateKinesiology
WOMENMoira O'SheaSOPenn StatePolitical Science
WOMENDanae RiversJRPenn StateIntegrative Arts
WOMENAlison WillingmyreSOPenn StateEngineering
WOMENSam ShieldsJRPittsburghNursing
WOMENLauren LaRoccoRS SRPortlandBiomedical Engineering
WOMENTaryn RawlingsRS SRPortlandBusiness Administration
WOMENAoibhe RichardsonRS JRPortlandPsychology
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WOMENMelia ChittendenSOPrincetonUndeclared
WOMENAlie FordyceSRPrincetonAnthropology
WOMENAllie KlimkiewiczSRPrincetonHistory
WOMENMadison OffsteinSRPrincetonEcology and Evolutionary Biology
WOMENKhayla PatelJRRiceCognitive Sciences
WOMENLourdes Vivas de LorenziSORiceUndeclared
WOMENHannah MillerJRSMUJournalism
WOMENSvenja OjstersekSRSMUMasters of LIberal Studies
WOMENMegan BillingtonSRSouth DakotaKinesiology & Sport Management (Emphasis in Exercise Science)
WOMENRachel KingSRSouth Dakota StateHealth Education
WOMENAngie NickersonRS SRSouthern UtahMasters in Public Administration
WOMENElise CrannyRS SRStanfordHuman Biology
WOMENFiona O'KeeffeJRStanfordEarth Systems
WOMENMary MaloneSRSyracusePublic Relations
WOMENGrace MooreJRTempleExercise Science
WOMENKira Von EhrenJRTempleSports Business (Masters)
WOMENMegan MurrayJRTennesseeInterdisciplinary Studies (Neuroscience Concentration)
WOMENAbby GuidryJRTexasEnvironmental Science
WOMENAthena WelshJRToledoMarketing
WOMENCaitlin KlopferRS SOTulsaChemical Engineering
WOMENCierra Simmons-MechamSRUtah StateDietetics
WOMENCaroline AlcortaSRVillanovaPublic Administration (Masters)
WOMENNicole HutchsinsonSRVillanovaAccounting
WOMENLydia OlivereFRVillanovaUndecided
WOMENAbbey GreenFRVirginiaArts & Sciences Undeclared
WOMENSara FreixJRVirginia TechBiological Systems Engineering
WOMENMeredith SmithSRWake ForestHealth and Exercise Science
WOMENKatie RainsbergerJRWashingtonMedical Anthropology and Global Health
WOMENAllie SchadlerSOWashingtonCivil Engineering
WOMENWinny KoskeiSOWichita StateHealth Science
WOMENRebekah TophamRS JRWichita StateSport Management
WOMENAlicia MonsonJRWisconsinNutritional Sciences