by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The men's and women's cross country All-Academic teams have been released by the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Georgia College & State University had four names on the women's list and two on the men's squad.
Senior Sarah Hakala (Jacksonville, Fla.) with a GPA of 4.0 (Biology) and junior Bonnie Ueltzen (Blairsville, Ga.) with a 3.76 GPA (Physical Education) made first team honors. Junior standout Heather Raines (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had a GPA of 3.41 (Mass Communication) and sophomore Dani Destiche (Snellville, Ga.) with a GPA of 3.51 (Outdoor Education) were elected to second team honors.
Ueltzen, Destiche and Hollar were named to the All-PBC teams in 2007. Ueltzen is No. 1 on the women's top 10 6K for a Bobcat at 24:13 at the 2008 Pepperdine Invitational. Raines and Destiche fall in right behind her with times of 24:16 and 24:21, respectively. Cary and Hollar both finished in the top 32 at the PBC Championships on their home course in Milledgeville with times of 29:46 and 30:33 respectively.
The two teams are the first in a new season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Sports Information Directors from around the conference oversee and select the teams.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.