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Braves cross country garners all-academic honors
By Nick Phillips
Four individual UNCP cross country student-athletes were recently named to the USTFCCCA Division II Cross Country All-Academic teams released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while the UNCP women's cross country team as a whole was named to the USTFCCCA 2010 Division II Cross Country All-Academic Team.
All-academic status is given to student-athletes for their efforts in both the classroom and on the athletic field.
The women's team, one of only 107 institutions to be named to the team, notched a program-best eighth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship after a season that saw the Lady Braves set six new top-20 times in the record books. Eight of the nine Lady Braves runners also set new personal-best times and UNCP finished inside the top three in five of the seven races they competed in this fall.
Two members of the Lady Braves team received individual recognition as well, as Ashley Doughty and Livia Mahaffie were among the 313 student-athletes from a total of 115 institutions.
Doughty, a freshman, notched a personal-best time of 19:40 in the 5K run at the Augusta State Tri- Meet while also contributing to the Lady Braves' eighth-place regional finish with a time of 24:40.1 for 56th place overall.
Mahaffie, a junior, broke a 16-year-old UNCP record with a time of 18:59.4 in the 5K run at the Augusta State Tri-Meet.
Mahaffie also has two of the top-10 times in school history and helped the Black and Gold to their regional finish after finishing 30th overall in the regional race. In the regional, Mahaffie knocked two minutes off of her previous-best 6K time, finishing with a 23:55.8 mark.
UNCP men's cross country team members Kevin Clancy and Pardon Ndhlovu were two of 182 student-athletes representing 89 institutions named to the all-academic team.
Clancy finds his name in the UNCP record books after an even 26:00 time in the 8K run at the Augusta State Tri-Meet. Clancy also played a pivotal role in the Braves second consecutive fifth place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, as he finished 28th with a time of 33.12.0.
Ndhlovu broke his own school record in the Augusta State Tri-Meet with his time of 24:28.7 in the 8K run. He currently holds seven of the top-10 times in Black and Gold school history and led the Braves to the fifth place finish in the regional championship with his fourth place finish overall, which also set a personal record with his time of 30:51.7, to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships, where he finished 64th overall.