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Men's Cross Country Garners All-Academic Team Status

Coastal was one of three Big South teams to earn the honor.

Cameron Wells earned Big South All-Academic team honors.

Cameron Wells earned Big South All-Academic team honors.

Feb. 17, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - The Coastal Carolina men's cross country team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic status after posting a 3.30 grade point average for the fall 2011 semester.

A total of 147 teams across the nation earned the honor for compiling a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better and starting at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship. This is the second consecutive year the team has earned the honor and seventh overall.

"I am very proud of our team for earning this honor," said head coach Jeff Jacobs. "This is the highest men's cross country team cumulative GPA in my eight years as head coach. The guys made this honor a goal for the season and did an outstanding job in the classroom to achieve their goal."

The Chanticleers were one of only three Big South Conference schools to receive the honor, posting a higher GPA than both High Point and Winthrop.

Senior Kyle Kling, who tallied a perfect 4.0 GPA, and Big South All-Academic team member Cameron Wells led the way for the Chants in the classroom. Coastal finished seventh at the Big South Championship meet as each of the Chanticleers' top six finishers turned in career efforts on the 8K course.

Leading the way for the Chants, as he has in each 8K race of the season, was freshman Evan Niciphor earning a 17th place finish with a of 25:26. Finishing second for Coastal was Joseph Keitt in 34th in a 26:13 clip. Placing third through fifth for the Chants were Tyler Cummings (26:51), Wells (27:10) and Rob Delviscio (27:30), respectively. Spencer Lange and Zach Hensel rounded out the Coastal competitors with efforts of 27:33 and 30:07, respectively.