GCSU places runners on All Peach Belt Academic team

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia College men’s cross country team had two runners selected to the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Academic Team which was revealed Wednesday. The team recognizes outstanding performance in the classroom as well as on the field.

James Ryden (Atlanta) and Thomas Templeman (Snellville) were the two names selected to represent Georgia College.

Ryden, a senior psychology major with a minor in chemistry, posted a 3.83 grade point average (GPA) throughout his career. This accomplishment marks the third consecutive year that he has been named to the PBC All-Academic Team after posting a 4.00 GPA in 2014 and a 3.90 GPA in 2015.

Templeman, a sophomore exercise science major, has a 3.45 GPA for his career. This is the first time that he has been named to the team.

The duo has also put together an impressive season, helping to lead the Bobcat men to as high as fourth in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA)  Southeast Region Poll.

The Bobcat team will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 24 as they compete for the PBC Championship in Dahlonega, Georgia.

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The Georgia College women’s cross country team saw six runners selected to the 2015 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) All-Academic Team released Wednesday. The award recognizes the student-athletes for their outstanding performances in the classroom and on the course.

Leading the way for the Bobcat women was Rachel Pasko (Jefferson). The senior biology major, with a minor in chemistry, listed a 3.85 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for her career. She has the highest GPA on the team. Pasko has earned a spot on the All-Academic Team in each of her three eligible seasons.

Following Pasko are five sophomores, making the team in their first year of eligibility for selection. Brittney Schwind (Suwanee), Abbey Jordan (Milton),Madison Stokes (Macon), Caroline Williams (Suwanee) and Mariah Maring (Lawrenceville).

Schwind, an English major with a minor in Spanish, has a 3.79 GPA. Jordan, a pre-nursing major, has a 3.76 GPA. Stokes, a community health major with a minor in physical education, has a 3.70 GPA. Williams, a community health major, has a 3.63 GPA. Maring, a business major, has a 3.36 GPA.

The six honorees marks the most in any single season for Bobcat women’s cross country. In the eight years of honoring these academic stars, the Bobcat women’s cross country team has now put 26 on the list.

The team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution.

In addition to their exceptional performance in the classroom, each has contributed to a successful season thus far. The Bobcat women placed third overall at the Division II Georgia Collegiate Championships hosted at the Council Farm Course Saturday, Oct. 10.

The Bobcat team will be back in action Saturday, Oct. 24 as they compete for the PBC Championship at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus.

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