FLORENCE, S.C. – Four Francis Marion University fall sports athletes have been named to their respective CoSIDA Academic All-District III Teams for the College Division, while the Patriot women’s soccer team received a coveted team honor.
The FMU women’s soccer team received a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Team Academic Award for the 2003-04 school year. Francis Marion ranked 58th among all NCAA-member schools (all divisions) with a cumulative 3.39 team grade point average for the academic year. No other Peach Belt Conference member appeared among the top 291 women’s programs that posted a 3.0 or higher GPA.
Junior outside hitter Jessica Bartlett was selected to the first-team All-District Academic Team for volleyball. Junior forward Katie Riley was a second-team choice for women’s soccer, and junior back Mike Greenaway and junior goalkeeper Jonathan Runion were second-team selections for men’s soccer.
This individual awards program is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America. District III includes Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North and South Carolina.
Bartlett, a native of Richmond, Va., appeared in 34 of FMU’s 35 matches this past season and averaged 2.38 kills per game. She was second on the team with a .261 attack percentage and was second in total blocks (82). She helped lead a young Patriot squad to a surprising 21-14 mark and a third-place finish in the Peach Belt. In the classroom, the chemistry major owns a 3.929 grade point average. She is a member of the FMU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, was named to the 2003 PBC Presidential Honor Roll, and has twice been selected to FMU’s Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll.
Riley, a native of Hampstead, Md., scored 13 goals with nine assists this past year and earned NSCAA third-team All-America recognition. She aided FMU to a 13-4-0 record and the program’s first PBC regular-season championship. Off the playing field, the biology major possesses a 3.730 GPA. She is vice-president of the university’s Ecology Club and has twice been named to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox honor rolls.
Greenaway, a native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, missed the opening three matches of the year with an injury, but started the final 16 matches and scored two goals on nine shots en route to earning All-Region and All-Conference honors for the second straight year. He anchored a Patriot defense that in his 16 matches allowed only 24 goals. A biology major with a psychology minor, he has a 3.421 GPA. He has also been named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox honors twice each during his time at Francis Marion.
Runion, a native of Findlay, Ohio, started in goal for the Patriots in 14 of the team’s 19 matches this past fall. He recorded a 1.86 goals against average with 74 saves, second-best in the PBC. He is a biology major (chemistry minor) with a 3.726 GPA. He is an FMU Student Marshal and a member of the school’s Ars Medica organization, and has twice been selected to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox honors rolls.
The FMU men’s soccer team finished the year 8-10-1, with seven of the losses being by one goal.