CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - University of New Hampshire women's cross country senior Courtney Hamer (Andover, Mass.) was named to the America East All-Academic Team, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon.

Hamer, a civil engineering major with a 3.60 grade-point-average, earns a spot on the 10-member squad for the second year in a row. Hamer has performed equally well on the course this year, placing 34th in 18:38 at the New England Championships on Oct. 11, finishing 14th in 19:12.70 at the America East Championships on Oct. 31 and running to a 102nd-place finish in 24:29 at the NCAA Northeast Regional on Nov. 14.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.

For the second straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

Hamer and the Wildcats return to action Saturday, Nov. 21 at the ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City.

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