NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Much like on the course, dominating the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Conference Team, the Lipscomb cross country squad also dominated the Academic All-Conference squad.
“I’m always proud of our academic achievements as a program,” Bill Taylor, director of cross country and track and field, said. “We strive for great academic success. It is a point of emphasis and pride in our program.”
Lipscomb had a total of five student-athletes named to the team and was the only school to place more than one runner on both the men’s and women’s teams.
Senior Tessa Hoefle earned her third-consecutive Scholar Athlete of the Year after sporting a 4.0 GPA in English and finishing fifth at the A-Sun Championships.
“All five certainly deserve any honors they receive,” Taylor said. “Tessa in particular has been a great leader, runner and student. To be voted Scholar Athlete of the Year all three years of the awards existence is incredible.
“I’m really proud of her and how she represents Lipscomb cross country and track and field. She is what a ‘student-athlete’ is supposed to be.”
Junior Kaitlyn Llewellyn also has a 4.0 GPA, with a focus on Exercise Science. Llewellyn placed 17th for Lipscomb at the A-Sun Championships.
On the men’s side, senior Geoff Musick was the only unanimous selection holding a 3.75 GPA in Biochemistry. Musick picked up Second Team All-Conference after a 13th place finish at the A-Sun Championships
Senior Tim Muller, who also earned Second Team All-Conference, earned Academic All-Conference with a 3.52 GPA in mechanical engineering.
Sophomore Jared Wingerter, who was the Freshman of the Year in the 2012 season, earned Academic All-Conference with a 3.67 GPA in biology.
“This is actually the fewest number of athletes we have had on the Academic All-Conference teams,” Taylor said. “That is a testament to how much stronger the whole conference is getting academically. The GPA’s were higher than ever this year.
“Our athletes are still performing at an extraordinary level in the classroom. Everyone in the conference is taking care of business in the classroom, which is terrific.”