NEW ORLEANS, La. – The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently announced its end-of-season academic honors, with the Georgia College Men's Cross Country team and freshman Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia) making the exclusive list.
The Bobcats were one of four men's cross country teams in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) on the list, owning the league's top GPA at 3.57. Columbus State University, Flagler College and the University of Montevallo join the Bobcats.
The Scholar Teams of the Year were among 115 men's teams that earned All-Academic Team honors for the 2016 season. Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for the award.
Olmstead is an exercise science major. He finished second on the team in each of the six races he ran this year, including 28th place at the PBC Championship and 69th at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Individual honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.25 or greater and must have finished among the top 30 percent of total eligible runners at his or her regional championship (total Division II teams in the region multiplied by seven runners per team) or in the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.
Without a single senior on the roster, the youthful Bobcat men had a 2016 featuring a seventh place finish at the PBC Championship, 12th place at the NCAA Southeast Regional, and two other top-10 team finishes. The Bobcats were led all year by the freshman duo of Collin Silliman (Douglasville, Georgia) and Olmstead.
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 @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.