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February 21, 2012
Six Hokies earn Academic All-ACC honors for cross country
Four men, two women garner recognition

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six members of the Virginia Tech cross country team have been named Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2011 season, Commissioner John Swofford announced Tuesday. The honorees include redshirt sophomore Jared Berman, junior Jason Cusack, redshirt junior Michael Hammond and redshirt junior Will Mulherin from the men’s team and sophomore Courtney Dobbs and senior Sammy Dow from the women’s team. Cusack and Dow are repeat award winners from last year’s Academic All-ACC cross country team, while Hammond also garnered the honor as a freshman.

“I’m very proud of these six individuals who earned recognition on the All-ACC Academic cross country team,” said Tech head cross country and distance coach Ben Thomas. “Distance runners are unique in that they are student-athletes who have three competitive seasons from cross country to indoor and outdoor track during the academic year. So for these individuals to achieve what they did athletically, while maintaining a high academic standard is something to be proud of.”

Berman is a native of Fairfax, Va., who is majoring in civil and environmental engineering. He competed in five meets on the season and placed fourth on the team and 49th overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet, running a career-best 10k of 31:26.6. He also finished 42nd at the ACC Championship Meet running a career-best 8k of 24:33.0.

Cusack, an industrial design major, competed in five meets on the season and helped the Hokies to the team title at the Charlotte Invitational by placing sixth overall in 24:33.6. The Griswold, Conn., native finished 34th at the ACC Championship Meet in a career-best 8k of 24:23.8 and was 80th at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet in a career-best 10k of 32:10.4.

Dobbs helped the Hokies to the team title at the Charlotte Invitational by running a season-best 5k of 17:45.0, good for an 18th place finish. She placed 37th at the ACC Championships in a career-best 6k of 21:19.8 and was second on the team and 39th overall at the NCAA Southeast Regional (21:25.3). Dobbs is an accounting major from Glen Allen, Va.

Dow, a Midlothian, Va., native, finished second on the team and 34th overall at the ACC Championship Meet in a career-best 6k of 21:16.8. She was 42nd at the NCAA Southeast Regional (21:31.7), good for third on the team and ran a season-best 5k at the Charlotte Invitational of 17:51.9. Dow is a double major in biology and human nutrition, foods and exercise.

Hammond is an economics major from Midlothian, Va. He earned All-Region honors by finishing 19th in a career-best 10k of 30:43.3 at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet. Hammond also finished 10th at the ACC Championship Meet in a career-best 8k of 23:45.0 to earn All-ACC honors for the first time in cross country. He was named the ACC Men’s Cross Country Co-Performer of the Week on Oct. 4 after leading Tech to the team title at the Charlotte Invite with a fourth place overall finish in the 8k (24:28.0).

Mulherin had an outstanding season as he earned first career All-America honor in cross country with a 30th place finish at the NCAA Championship Meet, finishing in a career-best cross country 10k time of 29:58.1. The Yorktown, Va., native became Tech’s ninth cross country All-American and fifth male to earn All-America in cross. He also finished fifth at the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet (29:59.9), earning All-Region honors and seventh overall in a career-best 8k of 23:19.3 to earn his second career All-ACC honor at the ACC Championship Meet. He is a mechanical engineering major.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during their academic career.

2011 Men's Cross Country Academic All-ACC Team
Name, Class, School Major
Brian Atkinson, So., Duke Undeclared
Jared Berman, So., Virginia Tech Civil & Environmental Engineering
Andrew Brodeur, Sr., Duke Biological Anthropology & Anatomy
Patrick Campbell, Sr., NC State Biological Science
Alec Clifford, So., Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineering
Andrew Colley, Jr., NC State Accounting
Adam Cunningham, Sr., North Carolina Masters of Accounting
Jason Cusack, Jr., Virginia Tech Industrial Design
Domenick DeMatteo, Jr., Duke Biology
Garret Drogosch, Jr., Wake Forest Accountancy
Thomas Finneran, Jr., Wake Forest Accountancy
Michael Fout, Sr., Florida State Psychology
Michael Hammond, Jr., Virginia Tech Economics
Adam Henken, Sr., NC State Sociology
Brian Himelright, Sr., NC State Tech & Design Education
Paul Loeser, Sr., Wake Forest Biology & Spanish
Ty McCormack, So., Clemson Language & International Trade
Noam Neeman, Fr., Maryland Special Programs
Robert Moldovan, Sr., NC State Elementary Education
Craig Morgan, Jr., Maryland Criminal Justice
Will Mulherin, Jr., Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Paisley, So., Virginia Undeclared
Isaac Preston, So., North Carolina Undeclared
Seth Proctor, Sr., Florida State Literature
Tyler Stump, Jr., Maryland History
Jonathan Sunde, Sr., Clemson Mechanical Engineering
David Wilson, Jr., Virginia Physics
Scholar Athlete of the Year: Michael Fout, Florida State

2011 Women's Cross Country Academic All-ACC Team
Name, Class, School Major
Suejin Ahn, Sr., Duke Public Policy
Natalie Anthony, So., Clemson Marketing
Elyse Borisko, Jr., Clemson Biological Science
Hannah Brooks, Sr., Florida State Sport Psychology
Anna Corrigan, Sr., Virginia Systems Engineering
Andrea Cozzarelli, Sr., NC State Chemical Engineering
Bridget Dahlberg, Jr., Boston College Human Development & Society
Courtney Dobbs, So., Virginia Tech Accounting
Samantha Dow, Sr., Virginia Tech Biology/Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Lianne Farber, So., North Carolina Journalism/Mass Communication
Julian Fricke, Jr., Maryland English
Laura Hoer, So., NC State Biological Science
Nicole Irving, So., Wake Forest Undeclared
Jillian King, Sr., Boston College Theology
Alyssa Kulik, Sr., Clemson Psychology/Spanish
Hope Krause, Gr., Boston College Curriculum/Instruction
Mariana Lucena, Jr., North Carolina Pharmacy
Julianna Miller, Fr., Duke Undeclared
Madeline Morgan, Jr., Duke Biology
Jessica Parry, Jr., Florida State Biological Science
Kim Ruck, Sr., Clemson Health Science
Kathleen Stevens, So., Virginia Undeclared
Barbara Strehler, Jr., Virginia English
Joanna Thompson, Fr., NC State Zoology
Kayleigh Tyerman, Jr., Florida State Psychology
Liv Westphal, Fr., Boston College Undeclared
Amanda Winslow, Fr., Florida State Exercise Science
Aubree Worden, Fr., Florida State Exercise Science
Scholar Athlete of the Year: Hannah Brooks, Florida State

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