Laskey and McNeil Lead Bobcats in Academic Excellence

By Trevor Kuss, sports information assistant

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NEW ORLEANS – The Georgia College men’s cross country team has been named a 2012 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Academic Team. In addition to the honor for the team, Junior Philip Laskey (Marietta, Ga.) and freshman Paul McNeil (Dunwoody, Ga.) were both named USTFCCCA Division II All-Academic Honorees List.

Laskey, a junior mathematics major, led the team in every race during the 2012 season. McNeil, a freshman who is undecided on his major, was one of the top performers for the Bobcats. As a team, The Bobcats finished with 3.44 GPA overall.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in Division II, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or greater through the most-recent semester, completed at least 12 credit hours in the semester of cross country competition, and placed in the top 50 percent at the most recent NCAA National Championships or in the top 30 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships.

The other Peach Belt Conference schools to make the cut are Columbus State University and the University of Montevallo.

The Bobcats continue to work hard during the offseason and will return to action in the fall of 2013.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at www.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.