CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte women’s cross country team claimed academic recognition this week, earning a spot on the USTFCCCA national All-Academic team.
The women carried a cumulative GPA of 3.2, and were one of five Conference USA squads on the list, joining 2015 C-USA Champions Rice, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss, North Texas and UTSA.
The team was led by Carolina Casin-Silva, who earned All-Conference USA Third Team honors after finishing 17th overall at the C-USA Championships. The junior supports a nearly 3.0 GPA as a double major in mechanical engineering and math.
Senior Morgan Richards, who was the 49ers second-best finisher at the NCAA Regionals in November, boasts the highest GPA at 3.88 as a marketing major.
Nine of the 10 women on the squad boast a GPA of 3.00 or better, including senior Caragh MacDermott, who holds an 3.6 average while studying athletic training and participating in semester-long clinicals, and classmate Taylor Carcella, who carries a 3.43 as chemistry and biology double major. Carcella currently holds two school records in track and field.
Other seniors who impacted the Niners both in the classroom and on the course were Rachel Miller, Ashleigh Hanchen, and TIffany Lang, who posted 3.2, 3.1, and 3.4 GPAs respectively while helping the squad earn fifth overall at the C-USA Championships. Each senior set a new personal best at some point over the course of the six-meet season.
Charlotte returns two members of its squad next season to accompany Casin-Silva in will-be-sophomores Erin Nelson and Caroline Sang. Sang was Charlotte’s top finisher at the NCAA Regionals and narrowly missed joining Casin-Silva at the C-USA Championships, finishing one spot out of all-conference recognition. Also returning are Taylor Brown and Abbey Harrison, who each redshirted this season as freshmen.