SALISBURY, Md. – The season may have come to a close, but Salisbury University student-athletes continue to receive accolades not only for their performance in competition, but also in the classroom. Track & field seniors Chris Barnard and Jennifer Houghton were each named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Cross Country/Track & Field teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, on Thursday.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a key contributor on their team.
Barnard carries a 3.37 GPA as a triple major in computer science, mathematics and psychology. As a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams, the Olney, Md., native has earned nine All-Capital Athletic Conference awards. This season he claimed a win and first-team CAC honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and second-team in the 5,000-meter run.
Houghton, Salisbury's 2011-12 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, finished her marketing and communications degrees with a 4.00 GPA as she has also claimed nine All-CAC honors in her career, including four first-team selections. This season, Houghton not only broke a school record in the hammer throw which had stood for seven years, she also picked up second-team All-CAC accolades in the hammer, shot put and discus.
The seniors are now eligible for the Academic All-America team, which will be selected next month.