FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University women’s cross country runners Samantha Smith and London Barnhill both recently earned honorable mention Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team honors for the 2011 season.
Smith, a senior from Lexington, S.C., owns a 3.384 grade point average as a psychology major, while Barnhill is a sophomore from Hemingway who possesses a 3.514 GPA as a biology (pre-nursing) major.
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 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution.
Smith is a four-year letterwinner, a member of Psi Chi Honor Society, and has served on the FMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past two years. On the running course this year, she led the Patriots with a ninth-place finish at this year’s Wingate University Pre-SAC Invitational Meet, and has been the team’s second finisher in the other five meets. This is the third time she has garnered PBC All-Academic Team recognition.
Barnhill has run in all six meets this fall, and has lowered her 5,000-meter time in each of the four races at that distance. She is also a member of the university’s SAAC.
Both the FMU men’s and women’s squads will compete in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional meet on Saturday in Charlotte.