Both the Francis Marion University men's and women's cross country teams have been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) list of All-Academic Teams for the 2017 season.
The Patriot men compiled a 3.41 cumulative grade point average, while the women registered a 3.29 GPA. The Francis Marion squads are under the guidance of head coach Mark Bluman, who recently concluded his 16th year at FMU.
The 2017 men's roster consisted of seniors Javier Bustos Jaimes (Eagle Springs, NC), Devin Nelson (Bloomfield, CT), and Jonathan Reid (Lancaster, SC); juniors Brandon Boggs (Darlington, SC), Robert Hahn (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands), and Carlos Oliver (Belton, SC); and sophomore Ivan Henderson (Jackson, SC).
The women's squad included seniors MacKenzie Arnold (Murrells Inlet, SC) and Taylor Brunson (Shawnee, KS), and sophomores Alexis Byers (Carnegie, PA), Emma Driggers (Mauldin, SC), Alison Filer (New Castle, PA), and Jasmine Watson (Florence, SC).
The USTFCCCA recognized 119 men's squads nationwide and 157 women's programs. Francis Marion was one of only four Peach Belt Conference men's programs to earn the honor, while the women were one of seven teams from the PBC to be honored.
For a team to be considered for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, they must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Championship and also have a minimum 3.00 team cumulative GPA.
The FMU men placed seventh at the 2017 Peach Belt Conference championships and 20th at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional meet, while the women placed eighth at the PBC meet and 21st at the regional championships.