Bulldog Track & Field, Cross Country Surge Ahead In The Classroom
Senior Matt Cleaver posted a 4.0 GPA in his final semester and contributed to the track and field/cross country program's outstanding academic performance in the 2013 spring semester.

May 21, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- With the program’s final NCAA Championships of the year three weeks out, Georgia’s cross country and track and field teams are demonstrating how to get the job done away from the track as well.

The cross country team led all UGA men’s teams at the end of the spring 2013 semester with a GPA of 3.32.  The men’s track and field team was ranked second with a 3.05 GPA.

On the women’s side, the cross country team had the second-highest GPA (3.39) behind gymnastics.  The women’s track and field team also posted a 3.15 average during the most recent semester.

Individually, two-time Southeastern Conference champion Matt Cleaver, Rachel Doverspike and Amelia Watson finished with perfect 4.0 GPAs while 26 other student-athletes from the program were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for having GPAs of at least 3.50.

On the track, the women’s program is ranked eighth nationally for their finishes at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championships and 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships combined, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA).  The men are ranked 11th nationally and second in the SEC.  A final ranking will be released following the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 5-8).

"Spring 2013 was an outstanding grading period for our program in that our men's cross country, women's cross country, men's track and field and women's track and field teams all earned grade point averages above 3.0,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton.  “Three of our teams usually do that on an every semester basis, but it represents a nice improvement for the men's track group.  I am especially pleased with how things turned out for the men because I know it is very rare that all of our teams have a semester over 3.0 at the same time.  I am very proud of our athletes because they continue to perform at the highest of levels athletically without much recognition or attention.  Regularly I like to make a point that our program keeps doing things that has never been done before in Georgia track and field history.”



Norton continued about the pride with this recent run of success in the classroom.

"This is nice because this is history being made that is not athletic in nature,” Norton said.  “Of course, a lot of hard work and effort has been put in by our students, our academic counselor and the coaches.  Our program is the epitome of diversity with 120 athletes coming in all sizes, shapes, colors, backgrounds and environments.  Many of those athletes study, work, prepare and progress at different rates and in different ways so the there are some unique challenges with the large group.”

The Bulldog track and field teams start at the NCAA East Prelims in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday during a three-day meet that lasts through Saturday.  Those who qualify will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Additional quotes from Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton:

"Courtney Gay, our counselor, has done a good job in responding to the things the coaches have needed from the position she is in.  She has been very diligent and attentive to all that's been going on with our students.  I commend her on doing a good job of monitoring their progress.  I think our students also have gotten the message that they need to study, work hard and then finish the semester strongly.

"In addition to our counselor and student-athletes, the coaches have done a great job of communicating with Courtney and with the students.  Good communication is always helpful.

"For an entire program of 120 to achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 plus is quite an accomplishment.  Included in the group are several of our newcomers who have been getting it done athletically all year for us.  I look forward to more success in the future."

Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Spring 2013 – 4.00 GPA

Men’s Track – Matthew Cleaver

Women’s Track – Rachel Doverspike, Amelia Watson+

+Presidential Scholar=14 hours or more

Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Spring 2013 – 3.50-3.99 GPA

Men’s TrackDrew Branch, Brian Detweiler*, Jared Dunn, Gabe Gomez, Charles Grethen, Kyle James, Brandon Lord*, Morgan Malanoski*, Zack Sims*, Kisean Smith

Women’s TrackEmily Brewer, Ann Center*, Carly Hamilton, Marrion Kalafut, Katherine Lacksen, Kathleen LaPorte, Morgann Leleux*, Allyson McGinty, Lucie Ondraschkova*, Sarah Perry, Shelby Robison, Molly Schenck*, Kelsie Stovall*, Maggie Tindol*, Morgan VanGorder

*Dean’s List=14 hours or more

Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Spring 2013 – 3.00-3.49 GPA

Men’s TrackLuke Baker, Caleb Ebbets, Ayrian Evans, Trevor Grant, Adolphus Gray, Brendan Hoban, Julian Lavender, Burke McCarty, Petr Novotny, Brett Richardson, Scott Selvey, Johnathan Smith, Charlie Sparks, Maicel Uibo, Nick Vena, Wade Voyles

Women’s TrackJenna Albert, Maria Augutis, Leslie Boozer, Anna Bowles, Quintunya Chapman, Victoria Coppage, Rachel Donovan, Lindsey Ebert, Gabby Fulton, Greer Gafford, Hilenn James, Leontia Kallenou, Lauren Kelly, Benita Kurtz, Megan Malasarte, Bret McDaniel, Jasmine Norton, Sage Proffitt, Estefania Ramirez, Erika Ramsey, Joy Rolfe, Ashley Rosenburg, Briana Vaughn, Savannah Veal

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