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FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University track and field athlete Kyle Pifer has been named to the GTE Academic All-District III (College Division) Spring At-Large Team.

The At-Large Team includes athletes from the spring sports of golf, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Pifer was the only athlete from a South Carolina institution, and the only track performer, selected to the 10-member squad.

Pifer, a native of Antioch, Tenn., threw the hammer and javelin for the Patriot track and field team. He led the squad in points during the 1999 outdoor season, was named the team's most valuable player, and placed second in the hammer and fifth in the javelin at the 1999 Carolinas Intercollegiate Championship Meet.

A mathematics major and physics minor, he graduated summa cum laude on May 8 with a 3.951 grade point average. He recorded 4.0 grade point averages in six of his eight semesters at FMU.

Pifer was a Francis Marion Scholar, a Student Marshal, and a member of the university's math and physics clubs. Also active in the Special Olympics, he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He was named to both the Peach Belt Athletic Conference Presidential Honor Roll and FMU Athletic-Academic Honor Roll three times, and twice received the Patriots Brigade Academic Award, given annually to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average.

To be eligible for an academic all-district team, a player must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution, be a starter or important reserve, and recorded at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale).

Pifer is the fifth FMU student-athlete (representing five different sports) to earn GTE Academic All-District III honors this year.

#154 / 5-28-99

Last Published: July 1, 2004 7:06 AM
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