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Edmonds, Ricksecker All-Academic Honorees

March 3, 2009
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Josh Edmonds and Rebekah Ricksecker were both recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team selections.

Josh Edmonds and Rebekah Ricksecker were both recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country team selections.

Liberty junior Josh Edmonds and senior Rebekah Ricksecker swept the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards for cross country in November. Now, the duo has also been honored as U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Cross Country All-Academic team selections.

Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) was one of only 40 Division I men's honorees in the nation, while Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) was one of 77 Division I women's runners to be recognized. They earned the awards by maintaining cumulative grade-point averages of 3.25 or higher and finishing in the top 10 percent at the 2008 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships.

Edmonds, a criminal justice major with a 3.72 GPA, is a two-time Big South All-Academic team member for cross country (2007 & 2008). He has also made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll each of his first two years at Liberty.

Edmonds enjoyed his best cross country season thus far as a Liberty Flame, during the 2008 campaign. He recorded his highest-ever finish at the Big South Cross Country Championships, taking fourth place for his third consecutive All-Big South nod. His performance helped the Flames capture their fourth consecutive Big South title in men's cross country.

Two weeks later, the Empire State native clocked a personal-best time of 31:10.2 on the 10K course at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, placing 18th and earning All-Region distinction. He contributed to the Flames' fifth-place team finish in a field of 29 squads.

Ricksecker owns a 3.96 cumulative GPA as an elementary education major. She was previously honored by the USTFCCCA as a member of the 2008 All-Academic team for track & field. A 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second-team honoree, Ricksecker has made a trio of Big South All-Academic teams (2008 indoor track, outdoor track & cross country). She is also a three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll selection.

Like Edmonds, Ricksecker fashioned the best cross country season of her collegiate career, this past fall. A three-time Big South Runner of the Week, the Delaware native was the runner-up at the Big South Cross Country Championships. The resulting All-Big South honor was the third of her career.

Ricksecker then finished 11th at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championships, the second-highest regional placing in program history. She became the fourth Lady Flame ever to earn All-Region recognition at the Division I level in cross country and narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.