(L-R): David Scouten, Jacy Christiansen, John Sherret and Steve Feister were all named to the Capital One Academic All-District squad on Friday.
Capital One Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Release Capital One Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Release Liberty student-athletes Jacy Christiansen, Steve Feister, David Scouten and John Sherret have all been named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-District track & field/cross country teams for District 3, as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
As a result of their inclusion on the Academic All-District team, all four Flames will now appear on the ballot for the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Track/Cross Country Teams. Last season, Liberty's Jacob DeValve and Caleb Edmonds each earned Capital One Academic All-America® second team honors for men's track/cross country.
Liberty is one of six NCAA Division I men's track & field cross country programs with three or more Academic All-District team members this season, joining Florida State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Stanford and Syracuse.
Christiansen, the first Lady Flame to earn Academic All-District recognition for women's track/cross country since former teammate Jennifer Klugh in 2013, recently graduated with a 3.78 GPA major in communications. She was named to the Big South All-Academic team six times during her career with the Lady Flames.
Last week, Christiansen placed fourth in the women's 1,500 and fifth in the women's 5K, helping the Lady Flames win the team title at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Earlier this year, the native of New Ipswich, N.H., was the Big South women's cross country individual champion and placed third in the women's 5K at the Big South indoor meet, closing her career as a three-time Big South champion and 12-time All-Big South performer.
Feister, a redshirt junior javelin thrower, boasts a 3.70 GPA as an electrical engineering major. He is preparing to throw the javelin at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, next week in Jacksonville, Fla.
Feister captured his first Big South men's javelin title last week. The Columbia, Pa., native currently ranks No. 2 in program history, No. 6 in Big South Conference annals and No. 41 nationally this season with his mark of 225-11 at the Penn Relays.
Scouten, a double major in criminal justice and accounting, owns a 3.97 cumulative GPA. The redshirt junior was voted the 2015 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's outdoor track & field and is a two-time Big South All-Academic team member.
The Brooklyn, Mich., native won the 2015 Big South men's weight throw title, while placing second in the indoor shot put, second in the outdoor discus and third in the outdoor shot put. He is now a two-time Big South champion and a 10-time all-conference performer in the throwing events.
Sherret recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology: pre-med, finishing his time at Liberty with a 3.94 GPA. He is a Capital One Academic All-District selection for the second consecutive season and earned a spot on the 2015 Big South All-Academic Team for men's indoor track & field.
The Toronto, Ontario native earned three of his five career All-Big South honors in 2015, including a first-place finish in the indoor 4 x 400 relay and third-place showings in the indoor and outdoor 800-meter finals. Sherret also helped the Flames place third in the IC4A indoor 4 x 800 relay final.
Feister and 14 of his teammates will compete in the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, May 28-30 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The top 12 finishers in each event will move on to the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 10-13 in Eugene, Ore.
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