Cross Country Academic All-League Team Announced

South Dakota State's Anna Donnay Purdue Fort Wayne's Sammy Moran have the highest GPA among the ten student-athletes selected to the Cross Country Academic All-League team.
South Dakota State's Anna Donnay Purdue Fort Wayne's Sammy Moran have the highest GPA among the ten student-athletes selected to the Cross Country Academic All-League team.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A total of ten Summit League cross country student-athletes, five men and five women, have been selected to the 2019 Academic All-League Team as voted on by a panel of Faculty Athletic Representatives and Sports Information Directors from the league's member institutions. Student-athletes were chosen for the accolade based on their academic and athletic performances this past season. South Dakota paved the way with three total selections.

The 2019 Female Championship MVP of North Dakota State, Kelby Anderson, received the honor for the second-straight season. South Dakota's Abby Ripperda, who was named the Summit League October Women's Athlete of the Month, received academic accolades. Emily Johnson of Omaha was named to the all-academic team as the Elkhorn, Neb., native is a member of the Summit League Academic Honor Roll and the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence. Anna Donnay of South Dakota State and Jonna Bart of South Dakota round out the academic all-league list.

SDSU, who won the Summit League men's championship, was represented by Micah Mather, while NDSU's Alex Bartholomay, who earned second-team honors with a seventh-place finish at the league's championships, earned academic honors. Western Illinois' Quintin Thurman, who earned the Summit League Athlete of the Week on Oct. 28, earned academic honors. Sammy Moran of Purdue Fort Wayne and Cole Streich of South Dakota rounded out the men's team.

To be eligible for the Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions.

2019 SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM

Name

School

Year

Hometown

GPA

Major

Alex Bartholomay

North Dakota State

 Jr.

Bowman, N.D.

3.84

Accounting

Micah Mather

South Dakota State

 Jr.

St. Paul, Minn.

3.429

Physics

Sammy Moran

Purdue Fort Wayne

 Jr.

Otsego, Mich.

3.98

Mechanical Engineering

Cole Streich

South Dakota

 Jr.

Janeville, Minn.

3.46

Business Administration

Quintin Thurman

Western Illinois

 Jr.

Rushville, Ill.

3.579

Exercise Science

 

2019 SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY ACADEMIC ALL-LEAGUE TEAM

Name

School

Year

Hometown

GPA

Major

Abby Ripperda

South Dakota

 Jr.

Sioux Falls, S.D.

3.82

Medical Biology

Kelby Anderson

North Dakota State

 Jr.

Bismark, N.D.

3.82

Nursing

Emily Johnson

Omaha

 Jr.

Elkhorn, Neb.

3.849

Biology/Chemistry

Anna Donnay

South Dakota State

 Jr.

Kimball, Minn.

3.879

Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing

Jonna Bart

South Dakota

 Jr.

Aurora, Neb.

3.96

Mathematics

 

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