CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The American University men's and women's cross country teams placed 20 Eagles on the Patriot League Fall Academic Honor Roll, the league office released on Tuesday.
To be eligible for the fall academic honor roll, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.20 GPA in the fall semester and participated in one of the PL's fall championship sports.
For the second consecutive semester, the AU cross country and track women's team led the way in the classroom, posting a single-season department record 3.77 GPA behind a pair of 4.00's from junior Emily Houghton (psychology) and sophomore Shelbi Wuss (biochemistry). For both, this was the second PL academic honor roll nod along with senior Lucia Rose (law & society).
Senior Kassidy Ayres (psychology) led the women's team as a four-time honoree, followed by graduate student Brianna Belo (health promotion management), junior Katelyn Deibler (international studies), senior Adriana Hooks (anthropology), junior Arianna Lopez (biochemistry), and junior Kaitlyn McTernan (health promotion) who all made the list for the third time. The Eagles also had two first-time honorees with freshmen Clare Hernandez (international studies) and Elise Hooker (physics).
Bucknell led the league with 25 student-athletes on the honor roll. Lafayette was next with 18 followed by Holy Cross (17), Loyola Maryland (16), Boston University (15), Lehigh (15), Army West Point (14), American (11), Colgate (11), and Navy (6).
The men's team also had one of its best fall performances in the classroom, just missing the team's single-season record with a 3.41 combined GPA. Among the highlights was senior Matthew Rainey (3.53) who earned his fourth honor roll appearance after making the Academic All-League Team in the fall. Liam Purdy, a graduate student in the health promotion management program, also led the way with his fifth honor roll nod.
Juniors Caleb Brown (applied mathematics) and Gerard D'Ambrosio III (business administration) both made the academic honor roll for the third time in their careers while junior Faolan Coogan-Pluck (political science), junior Justin Dignan (business administration), and sophomore John Pagliaro (international studies) all made the list for the second time.
Like the women, Bucknell led the league with 20 student-athletes on the honor roll, followed by Navy with 15. Boston University, Holy Cross and Lafayette were all next with 13 student-athletes each, followed by Colgate (12), Army West Point (11), Lehigh (10), Loyola Maryland (10), and American (9).
Kassidy Ayres, Sr., Psychology (3.75)
Brianna Belo, Gr., Health Promotion Management (3.55)
Katelyn Deibler, Jr., International Studies (3.80)
Clare Hernandez, Fr., International Studies (3.85)
Elise Hooker, Fr., Physics (3.63)
Adriana Hooks, Sr., Anthropology (3.86)
Emily Houghton, Jr., Psychology (4.00)
Arianna Lopez, Jr., Biochemistry (3.68)
Kaitlyn McTernan, Jr., Health Promotion (3.49)
Lucia Rose, Sr., Law & Society (3.86)
Shelbi Wuss, So., Biochemistry (4.00)
Caleb Brown, Jr., Applied Mathematics (3.66)
Faolan Coogan-Pluck, Jr., Political Science (3.25)
Gerard D'Ambrosio III, Jr., Business Administration (3.66)
Miguel Dickenson, Fr., Film and Media Arts (3.44)
Justin Dignan, Jr., Business Administration (3.26)
Max Lustig, So., Accounting (3.31)
John Pagliaro, So., International Studies (3.66)
Liam Purdy, Gr., Health Promotion Management (3.78)
Matthew Rainey, Sr., Communication, Law, Economy, and Government (3.53)
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