Guilford Women's Cross Country Team Receives Academic Honor

2017 Guilford Women's Cross Country (Sideline Media Productions photo)
2017 Guilford Women's Cross Country (Sideline Media Productions photo)

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Guilford's women's cross country team was recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as a 2017 NCAA Division III All-Academic Team. The Quakers' are one of 221 women's programs so honored. This is the third time the women's team has received this honor, earning it in 2015 and 2016 as well.

To receive this award, the team must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.10 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The Quakers combined to earn a 3.21 GPA in the 2017 semester. The Quakers finished ninth at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships and moved on to regionals. At the South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships in November, the women's team placed 31 of 34 teams with a score of 844.

Members of Guilford's 2017 women's team include Erica Barnes, Samantha Brooks, Samantha Brown, Chantell Cooper, Sommer Fanney, Maia Murdock, Sydney Procos, Madison Shankin, and Nozomi (Hope) Suzaki. Six of these women also earned a spot on Guilford's Student-Athlete Honor Roll and two were named to the college's dean's list. Interim head coach Marla Lindsay looks to return eight runners in the 2018 season.