AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern runners Mollie McGowan, Kaitlin Wilkinson and Micah Bucher recently received Peach Belt Conference women's cross country All-Academic honors.
McGowan and Wilkinson were named to the All-Academic team. Bucher received honorable mention.
McGowan's best finish in 2012 was 15th at the GSW Remembrance Run on Sept. 8. The Americus native posted a career-best 6k time of 27:13 at the Peach Belt Conference Championships on Oct. 20. An exercise science major, she currently has a 3.97 grade point average. McGowan, a three-time PBC All-Academic women's cross country selection, is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society, the 2011-12 GSW Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and a Capital One Academic All-District selection.
Wilkinson's best finish this fall came on Sept. 29 at the Darton Invitational where she finished 25th. The Peachtree City native posted her season-best 5k time of 25:30 at the Point Invitational on Oct. 5. An exercise science major, she currently has a 3.74 grade point average.
Bucher, a Dahlonega native, had her best finish in 2012 at the GSW Remembrance Run where she came in 10th and posted a season-best 5k time of 22:31. A nursing major, she currently has a 3.30 grade point average.
The All-Academic 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. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
|Erica Brooks||Young Harris||Jr.||Watkinsville, Ga.||3.89||Business & Public Policy|
|Stephanie Cipollone||Augusta State||Soph.||Grovetown, Ga.||4.00||Mathematics|
|Jessi Clark||Montevallo||Soph.||Fort Payne, Ala.||3.89||Mathematics|
|Haley Evans||Montevallo||Sr.||Fairhope, Ala.||3.39||Political Science/History|
|Paige Galvin||Clayton State||Sr.||Posen, Ill.||3.60||Psychology|
|Jill Kleist||Montevallo||Soph.||Auburn, Ala.||4.00||Spanish|
|Blair Long||UNC Pembroke||Sr.||St. Paul, N.C.||3.71||Sports Management|
|Livia Mahaffie||UNC Pembroke||Sr.||Puyallup, Wash.||3.83||Elementary Education|
|In-Mi Matsunaga||Montevallo||Jr.||Enterprise, Ala.
|Mollie McGowan||Georgia Southwestern||Jr.||Americus, Ga.||3.97||Exercise Science|
|Lauren Recchia||Montevallo||Soph.||Suwannee, Ga.||4.00||Speech Pathology|
|Lauren Turner||North Georgia||Sr.||Pendergrass, Ga.||3.91||Marketing|
|Samantha Walling||Clayton State||Jr.||Galt, Ga.||3.80||Nursing|
|Kaitlin Wilkinson||Georgia Southwestern||Sr.||Peachtree City, Ga.||3.74||Exercise Science|
Honorable Mention: Karley Barkus, North Georgia; London Barnhill, Francis Marion; Carrie Blankenship, UNC Pembroke; Micah Bucher, Georgia Southwestern; Jessica Carpenter, Augusta State; Sallie Davis, North Georgia; Victoria Dobson, Georgia College; Kendra Dorn, UNC Pembroke; Keely Gillespie, USC Aiken; Alexis Harvin, USC Aiken; Maia Kuhnen, Clayton State; Allison Lones, Georgia College; Brittany May, USC Aiken; Lexie Miller, North Georgia; Nicole Shine, North Georgia; Jessica Smith, Clayton State; Connie Steinmann, North Georgia; Taylor Strekel, Flagler; Katie Vanover, Montevallo; Christelle Vereb, Young Harris.