James, Beattie Named to AE Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and sophomore Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire women's cross country team were named to the America East All-Academic Team, announced by the conference Tuesday afternoon.

James, a communication science and disorder major with a 3.85 grade-point-average, earns a spot on the 10-member squad for the first time in her career. James placed 11th overall at the conference championships, finishing in a time of 17:29, and also finished 34th overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet over the weekend with a time of 21:40.

Beattie, a nursing major with a 3.75 grade-point-average, finished 10th overall at the league championships in a time of 17:28 and was named to the all-conference team for her efforts. Beattie also finished 55th overall at the NCAA Regional meet, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:06.

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

For the fourth 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.

Darcy James Elise Beattie
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