NEW ORLEANS – The Harding men's cross country team had two members named to the USTFCCCA 2009 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Team on Thursday. Sophomores Philip Biwott and Ryan Johnson both earned their first All-Academic honor.
Biwott, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, is a management information systems major with a 3.37 grade point average. Biwott placed second in both the Gulf South Conference and South Region meets and earned All-America honors with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA II Championships.
Johnson, who hails from Nashville, Tenn., is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.88 grade point average. He earned 2nd Team All-GSC honors with a 20th place finish at the conference meet. Johnson placed 33rd at the South Region meet and 164th at Nationals.
To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be eligible. The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30% of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships or have placed in the top 50% of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.