AUGUSTA, Ga. – North Georgia College & State University women's cross country runner Lauren Turner has been named to the Peach Belt Conference women's cross country All-Academic team the conference office announced Wednesday. Teammates Karley Barcus, Alexia Miller, Nicole Shine and Connie Steinmann were all named honorable mentions.
The team is part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the field. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.
The only senior on head coach Tom William's first team at North Georgia, Turner has run in all six meets this season for the Saints and posted a season-best time of 25:48.69 in the 5,000 meter race at the Jacksonville State University Foothill Invitational on Friday, Oct. 5.
Turner, who boasts a 3.91 grade point average as a Marketing major, then turned in her best 6,000 meter time of 28:46.70 in the Peach Belt Conference Championships this past weekend on Saturday, Oct. 20. The Pendergrass, Ga. native shaved 17 seconds off her previous time on the course.
Barcus holds a 3.83 in Marketing, Davis a 3.56 as a Nursing major and Miller currently boasts a 3.87 GPA as a Middle Grades Education major. Shine holds a 3.91 GPA as a Physical Education/Exercise Science major and Steinmann boasts a 3.94 as a Biology/Pre-Med major.
2012 Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team
Erica Brooks, Young Harris (Jr., 3.89, Business & Public Policy)
Stephanie Cipollone, Augusta State (So., 4.00, Mathematics)
Jessi Clark, Montevallo (So., 3.89, Mathematics)
Haley Evans, Montevallo (Sr., 3.39, Political Science/History)
Paige Galvin, Clayton State (Sr., 3.60, Psychology)
Jill Kleist, Montevallo (So., 4.00, Spanish)
Blair Long, UNC Pembroke (Sr., 3.71. Sports Management)
Livia Mahaffie, UNC Pembroke (Sr., 3.83, Elementary Education)
In-Mi Matsunaga, Montevallo (Jr., 4.00, Accounting)
Mollie McGowan, Georgia Southwestern (Jr., 3.97, Exercise Science)
Lauren Recchia, Montevallo (So., 4.00, Speech Pathology)
Lauren Turner, North Georgia (Sr., 3.91, Marketing)
Samantha Walling, Clayton State (Jr., 3.80, Nursing)
Kaitlin Wilkinson, Georgia Southwestern (Sr., 3.74, Exercise Science)
Honorable Mention: Karley Barkus, North Georgia; London Barnhill, Francis Marion; Carrie Blankenship, UNC Pembroke; Micah Bucher, Georgia Southwestern; Jessica Carpenter, Augusta State; Sallie Davis, North Georgia; Victoria Dobson, Georgia College; Kendra Dorn, UNC Pembroke; Keely Gillespie, USC Aiken; Alexis Harvin, USC Aiken; Maia Kuhnen, Clayton State; Allison Lones, Georgia College; Brittany May, USC Aiken; Lexie Miller, North Georgia; Nicole Shine, North Georgia; Jessica Smith, Clayton State; Connie Steinmann, North Georgia; Taylor Strekel, Flagler; Katie Vanover, Montevallo; Christelle Vereb, Young Harris.