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March 2, 2010
LaPenna and Cornwall receive ACC All-Academic honors
Cornwall also tabbed USTFCCCA All-Academic

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Seniors Paul LaPenna and Devin Cornwall each earned 2009 All-ACC Academic men’s cross country honors, while Cornwall also achieved USTFCCCA All-Academic status on Tuesday for the Virginia Tech men’s cross country unit.

Both runners received the conference academic award for the third time in their careers, while Cornwall is among 58 athletes to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition for 2009.

Cornwall, a marketing major, was the top Hokie finisher at the 2009 NCAA Southeast Regional. The Culpeper, Va., native crossed the line in 18th place, and achieved cross country all-region accolades for the first time in his career. He placed 13th at the ACC Championships two weeks before the regional meet.

LaPenna graduated in December with a degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. The Londonderry, N.H., native ran at both the regional and conference meets, placing 84th and 45th, respectively, at each event.

To be eligible for consideration for All-ACC Academic honors, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade-point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career. To be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade-point average and must finish among the top 15 finishers (or top 10 percent) of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.

2009 ACC Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team

Name, Class, School Major
Patrick Campbell, Fr., NC State Biological Sciences
Devin Cornwall, Sr., Virginia Tech Marketing
Adam Cunningham, Jr., North Carolina Economics
Greg Dame, Jr., NC State Sports Management
Zack Dawson, Sr., North Carolina Political Science
Ben Diestel, Jr., Maryland Kinesiological Sciences
Garrett Drogosch, Fr., Wake Forest Undeclared
Michael Fout, So., Florida State Psychology
Kyle Gaffney, So., Maryland Marketing
Matt Hickey, Sr., Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering
James Kostelnik, So., Duke Undeclared
Paul LaPenna, Sr., Virginia Tech Human nutrition, foods & exercise
Matt Leeder, Jr., Florida State Psychology
Josh Lund, Jr., Duke Computer Science
Alex Lundy, Jr., Maryland Biological Sciences
Trey Miller, Sr., Virginia Foreign Affairs
Robert Moldovan, Jr., NC State Elementary Education
Keaton Morgan, Sr., Wake Forest Biology
Philip O’Brien, So., Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering
James Osborne, Sr., Duke Public Policy
Jonathon Sunde, Jr., Clemson Mechanical Engineering
Bo Waggoner, Jr., Duke Mathematics
Evan Watchempino, So., North Carolina Communications

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