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Williams and Rotich of Benedict named to the The 2007 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Men's All-Academic Team

February 21, 2008

bc_2007_cross_country_team_0922_at_augusta_state_invitational41_oneil_williams_n_titus_rotichNEW ORLEANS  The 2007 NCAA Division II USTFCCA Men's All Academic Cross Country Athlete of the Year was announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. On the list were two Benedict College stand out Cross Country members, Oneil Williams and Titus Rotich.

Oneil Willliams and Titus Rotich both placed in the top ten of the SIAC Cross Country Championships in October of 2007 leading their team to a second place finish. Williams also won the SIAC CC Championships in 2006 en route to being named the SIAC MVP.

A total of 127 male student-athletes representing 67 Division II institutions are on this year's All-Academic team. Five of those 127 student-athletes finished in the top ten at the national meet; Aaron Braun-Adams State (2nd), Julius Nyango-Abilene Christian (3rd), Reuben Chebon Mwei-Adams State (4th), Nate Peck-Grand Valley State (7th) and Scott Dahlberg-Western State (10th).

Grand Valley State (4th at NCAAs), Colorado School of Mines (7th at NCAAs), Missouri Southern State (12th at NCAAs) and Georgia College and State University each placed four individual members on the All-Academic team.

To qualify for the individual All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. The student-athletes must also finish in the top 30 percent of individual participants at their respective regional cross country championships.

Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific is the 2007 NCAA Division II USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country All-Academic Athlete of the Year.

Source: U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

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