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
|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|