SAINT LEO, Fla. – Three Saint Leo women’s cross country runners earned All-Academic honors, it was announced recently by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  In total, 286 honorees 106 different institutions made the distinct list.

For Saint Leo, junior Alison Luthman boasted the team’s highest grade-point-average at 3.9. She is accounting major and is on track to graduate in May of 2011.  She is joined by freshman newcomer Jillian Browne. Browne, a Biology major, produced on the course and in classroom as she finished her first semester as a Saint Leo student-athlete with a 3.79 GPA.

Business major Emily Egan rounds out the group, as she closed her first semester as a Lion with a 3.57 GPA.

To qualify for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least 12 semester/quarter hours through the semester of competition at the institution to be eligible.  The student-athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have placed in the top 30% of the total number of athletes eligible to compete at the respective regional championships or have placed in the top 50% of the field at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships.

Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler was been named the Division II female cross country Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season. It is her third-consecutive selection.