CONWAY, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina University women's cross country team was named to the Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced. The Lady Chanticleers quaified for this honor by having a cumulative grade-point-average above a 3.0 and competing in an NCAA regional meet.
Coastal was one of 145 women's cross country team in Division I to earn this honor. The Lady Chanticleers had a 3.551 cumulative GPA after the spring semester. They also have received this honor for the 10th consecutive season.
In addition to the team honor, freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) was named a 2006 Women's Cross Country Academic All-American by the organization. To qualify for this honor, an individual has to have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and place in the top-15 or top-10 percent of an NCAA regional meet.
Viellehner, who has a 4.0 GPA in health promotions, earned All-America honors by finishing 11th in the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., with a time of 21:06. She is the first runner in Coastal history and the first female in Big South history to be named an All-American in cross country