CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Seniors Chenell Bryan and Hailey Cook of the Western Carolina women's track & field team were recognized by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their accomplishments in the classroom this season. The pair was named USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals for the third-straight year.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards. For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org. For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Bryan and Cook both advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round this past outdoor track & field season and both boast strong GPAs. Bryan compiled a 3.476 GPA at the end of the spring semester as she works towards a degree in recreational therapy. Cook graduated this past spring with a degree in entrepreneurship with a 3.653 GPA.
A total of 752 women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2016-17 track & field seasons led by Stanford who placed 16 individuals on the list.
The SoCon had seven student-athletes honored, led by Samford with three followed by Furman and Western Carolina who each had two.