Cross Country Trio Named to AE All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Darcy James (Exeter, N.H.) and junior Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire women's cross country team, and junior Joseph Jourdain (Hudson, N.H.) on the men's side, were named to the America East All-Academic Team, announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

James, a communication science and disorders major with a 3.87 grade-point-average, was named to the 12-member squad for the second time in as many seasons. James finished 15th overall at the America East Championships, completing the course in a time of 17:33.55 to help the Wildcats to a runner-up finish for the third-straight season. She also competed at the NCAA East Regional and took 14th overall at the AE Pre-Conference meet earlier in the season.

Twombly, a studio art major with a 3.77 grade-point-average, earns the academic honor for the first time in her career after a breakout season for the Wildcats this fall. Twombly placed sixth at the conference championships as she crossed the finish line in a time of 17:02.88 to earn all-conference honors. She also placed third overall in a dual meet against Providence in the season-opener.

Jourdain, a computer science major with a 3.72 grade-point-average, was named to the 13-member men's team for the first time in his career. Jourdain helped the Wildcats to a runner-up finish at the America East Championships as he placed 18th overall in a time of 26:10.44. Most recently, he earned a top-100 finish at the NCAA East Regional and also claimed eighth overall at the pre-conference meet earlier in the season.

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.

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