FLORENCE, S.C. – Two Francis Marion University cross country runners, senior Amanda Doyle and sophomore Samantha Smith, have been named to the Peach Belt Conference’s 2009 All-Academic Team for women’s cross country.
Doyle was a first-team selection, while Smith was named to the third squad.
This is the second year for the PBC’s All-Academic Teams, voted on and named at the end of each fall, winter, or spring season. To be eligible for the All-Academic program, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of the team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; have achieved a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution.
Doyle, a native of Laurens, S.C., owns a 3.78 grade point average while majoring in accounting.
She was the Patriots’ top finisher in all seven meets this past fall, including a 37th-place showing at the PBC Championship Meet and a 69th-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet.
She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society, and Delta Sigma Pi professional fraternity. She has served for two years as the president of FMU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She was also named to the PBC’s All-Academic Team in 2008.
Smith, a native of Lexington, S.C., is a psychology major with a 3.39 grade point average.
She was the second FMU finisher in all seven meets in 2009 and placed 60th at the Peach Belt Meet and 138th at the NCAA regional championships.
She is also a member of the university’s SAAC.
Doyle was an All-Region performer at Laurens District 55 High School, while Smith is a product of Lexington High School.