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Flames, Lady Flames Earn All-Academic Honors

March 5, 2009
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The Liberty men's cross country squad was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic team for the second time in the last three years.

The Liberty men's cross country squad was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic team for the second time in the last three years.

The Liberty men's and women's cross country squads have both been recognized as U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, based upon their performance on the course and in the classroom.

Head coach Brant Tolsma's men's team garnered the honor for the second time in the last three seasons, on the strength of a 3.024 team GPA. The Flames, who won their fourth consecutive Big South title, were one of two conference members (also High Point) among the 110 national honorees. Iona was tabbed the NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year for the third consecutive season.

Leading the way for the Flames was junior Josh Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.). A criminal justice major with a 3.72 GPA, Edmonds was the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a USTFCCCA All-Academic team selection.

For the third consecutive season, the Lady Flames were tabbed a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, after notching a 3.189 team grade-point average. Liberty, which finished as the Big South runner-up, was joined on the list of honorees by fellow conference members Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb and High Point. National champion Washington earned the NCAA Division I USTFCCCA Women's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year award.

Rebekah Ricksecker (Sr., Laurel, Del.), an elementary major carrying a stellar 3.96 cumulative GPA, was also voted the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year this past season. Like Edmonds, the senior was included on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, which was announced Wednesday.