McGarr and Owens Bring Home PBC Awards

AMERICUS - A pair of Georgia Southwestern State University student-athletes received awards at the Peach Belt Conference Cross Country Championships Banquet on Friday evening in Milledgeville. Katherine McGarr was named to the Peach Belt All-Academic Team and Ashleigh Owens earned All-Sportsmanship accolades.

McGarr, a sophomore from Cordele, holds a grade point average of 3.314. The History major has placed in the Top 15 at three of the Lady Hurricanes five races this fall. Her best result was an eighth place finish at the Columbus State Cougar Invitational on Sept. 24.

Owens, a junior from Macon has led GSW in every race this season. Along the way she posted some of the fastest times in school history, including the program's sixth-fastest 5K time which came at the Columbus State Cougar Invite and the eighth-fastest 6K time which was posted at the PBC Championships on Saturday. 

The PBC All-Academic team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of Peach Belt 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 3.30 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 PBC Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.

Below is a list of the entire 2016 Women's Cross Country PBC All-Academic team.

2016 Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team

Player School Year Hometown GPA Major (Minor)
MacKenzie Arnold Francis Marion Jr. Murrells Inlet, S.C. 3.35 Modern Languages (Int'l. Studies)
Amber Braswell Columbus State Sr. Bainbridge, Ga. 3.66 Health Science
Hailey Budd Clayton State Jr. Hartwell, Ga. 3.76 Undecided
Joy Diaz Clayton State Sr. Riverdale, Ga. 4.000 Theatre
Rachel Dixon Columbus State Sr. Marion County, Ga. 3.62 Health Science
Heloise Duffie de Tassigny Flagler Soph. Angers, France 3.37 Strategic Communications (Public Relations)
Nicole Edlmann Francis Marion Sr. Charleston, S.C. 3.43 Biology
Makayla Ellis North Georgia Soph. Clermont, Ga. 3.77 Pre-Nursing
Hannah Evans Montevallo Jr. Fairhope, Ala. 3.520 Education
Bethany Fordham USC Aiken Soph. Groton, Mass. 3.802 Nursing
Macy Hayes Augusta Soph. Winder, Ga. 3.58 Psychology
Amber Laughinghouse USC Aiken Jr. Edgefield, S.C. 3.831 Nursing
Anna Leinheiser Montevallo Sr. Alabaster, Ala. 4.000 Theatre
Katherine McGarr Georgia Southwestern Soph. Cordele, Ga. 3.314 History
Hannah Miller North Georgia Jr. Newnan, Ga. 3.58 Physical Education (Excercise Science)
Sierra Millsaps Montevallo Jr. Trussville, Ala. 3.850 Education
Carolina Monterrubio Clayton State Jr. Mexico City, Mexico 3.60 Administrative Management
Katie Nelson Montevallo Jr. Brewton, Ala. 3.672 Undecided
Diana Petrmichlova Augusta Jr. Klatovy, Czech Republic 3.45 Management
Morgan Ryffe Augusta Sr. Columbus, Ga. 3.68 Foreign Languages
Brittney Schwind Georgia College Jr. Suwanee, Ga. 3.69 English
Natalie Shoemaker Montevallo Sr. Rome, Ga. 3.965 Kinesiology
Brenna Sifford UNC Pembroke Soph. Charlotte, N.C. 3.70 Biology
Emily Sims North Georgia Soph. Peachtree City, Ga. 3.70 Special Education
Malia Skidmore Montevallo Soph. Huntsville, Ala. 3.600 Art
Chandler Spivey Young Harris Jr. Loganville, Ga. 3.61 Biology
Lea Tardanico UNC Pembroke Sr. Miami, Fla. 3.65 Psychology
Katherine Terino Montevallo Sr. Montgomery, Ala. 3.766 Mathematics
Cheyenne Thompson Montevallo Sr. Chelsea, Ala. 4.000 Biochemistry
Jenna Tilton North Georgia Jr. Silver Creek, Ga. 3.72 Pre-Nursing
Kim Toscano North Georgia Jr. Milton, Ga. 3.92 Physical Education (Excercise Science)
Brittany Truitt North Georgia Sr. Villa Rica, Ga. 3.41 Physical Education
Noelle Welch North Georgia Jr. Douglasville, Ga. 3.38 Physical Education (Excercise Science)
Emmeline Wheeler Francis Marion Sr. Troy, S.C. 3.91 Psychology
Sarah Willis Georgia College Soph. Tifton, Ga. 4.000 Chemistry
Kimberly Zahm Clayton State Jr. Bethlehem, Ga. 3.52 Psychology