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December 8, 2009

PBC Unveils Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team

AUGUSTA, GA -- The Peach Belt Conference released the women’s cross country All-Academic team from the conference office in Augusta. 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 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.

Founded in 1991, the Peach Belt Conference is home to 26 NCAA Division II National Championships. 13 member institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Alabama compete in 13 championship sports. 2009-10 members are Augusta State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Clayton State University, Columbus State University, Flagler College, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Lander University, University of Montevallo, North Georgia College & State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

View the All-Academic team page here.

2009 Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team

First Team
Player School Year Hometown GPA Major
Ginny Davis Montevallo Soph. Madison, Ala. 3.57 Biology
Amanda Doyle Francis Marion Sr. Laurens, S.C. 3.78 Accounting
Laura McKnight Flagler Soph. Jupiter, Fla. 3.90 History/Pre-Law
Bonnie Nikelin GCSU Sr. Blairsville, Ga. 3.81 Physical Education
Heather Raines GCSU Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.57 Mass Communications
April Robinson Flagler Soph. St. Augustine, Fla. 4.00 Elementary Education
Second Team
Dani Destiche GCSU Jr. Snellville, Ga. 3.63 Outdoor Education
Alicia Hayes GCSU Sr. Cumming, Ga. 3.80 Health Education
Kathleen Kennedy Augusta State Soph. Kingsland, Ga. 3.40 Psychology
Nicole Maitland USC Aiken Jr. Chapin, S.C. 3.27 Elementary Education
Madeleine Wagner Flagler Soph. New Port Richey, Fla. 3.90 Art Education
January Waters Montevallo Jr. Grayson, Ga. 3.46 Communication Studies
Third Team
Sarah Balkcom GCSU Soph. Fayetteville, Ga. 3.25 Health Education
Virginia Balkcom GCSU Sr. Fayetteville, Ga. 3.22 Health Education
Victoria Dobson GCSU Soph. New Hamburg, Ont. 3.46 English
Jennifer Griner Flagler Soph. New Port Richey, Fla. 3.57 Graphic Design
Christa Lamond Flagler Soph. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 3.43 Graphic Design
Samantha Smith Francis Marion Soph. Lexington, S.C. 3.39 Psychology
Caroline Young Flagler Jr. Newnan, Ga. 3.22 English