FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University men's and women's cross country teams recently earned All-Academic honors from the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association.
Both squads received team awards from the CCCA, the women for the third consecutive year and the men for the second straight season. To earn team honors, a squad must register a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Patriot women were one of only eight southeastern squads honored, and FMU was the only South Carolina institution. On the men’s list, FMU was one of only three schools from the Southeast, and again was the only Palmetto State school included.
Individually, three Patriot runners were named to the national All-Academic Team: senior David Gardner (Deltona, Fla./Pine Ridge High School), junior Matt Biviano (Little Mountain, S.C./Chapin High School), and sophomore Emily Reid (Reno, Nev./Galena High School).
Gardner, a biology major, earns this honor for the third straight year, while Reid, a psychology major, makes the list for the second time. Biviano, a math major, is a first-time honoree. All three owned grade point averages above 3.45.
On the running field last fall, the Patriot women placed 18th at the NCAA Division II Southeastern Regional Meet and fifth at the Peach Belt Conference championship meet. The FMU men finished eighth at both the regional and Peach Belt meets.
Gardner and Reid are also both two-time All-Conference selections.