DURHAM, N.H. - Junior John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) and senior captains Elise Beattie (Woodstock, Ill.) and Anne Twombly (Exeter, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's and women's cross country teams were named to the 2013 America East All-Academic Team, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.
Prizzi, the reigning America East Conference individual champion, recorded a 3.61 GPA this fall. The junior ran consistently for New Hampshire all season long, finishing with a 24:55.22 time at the America East Cross Country Championships at Binghamton University (Nov.2). Prizzi's title was the first individual title since Anthony Truax did so in 2004. His time at the America East Championship aided UNH to place fourth overall at the event. The UNH junior also captured 12th overall at the Northeast Regional meet on Nov. 15.
Twombly continued her strong academic career at UNH, earning her second an All-Academic Team honor with a 3.77 GPA. Moreover, the junior Studio Art major and Wildcat co-captain was an integral part of the women's cross country team winning the second America East Cross Country Championship in program history (first since 2003). Twombly placed seventh at the America East Championships with her time of 17:59.99. Additionally, her time of 21:12.50 led all New Hampshire runners at the Northeast Regional Meet on Nov.15.
Beattie, a 2011 All-Academic Team nominee, secured her second career All-Academic Team honor for her outstanding performance in the classroom. The senior Nursing major and co-captain recorded a 3.77 GPA during another successful year with UNH. On the course, she placed 11th at the America East Championships (18:09.65) in a winning effort for New Hampshire. Beattie also helped her team with a ninth place finish against Providence and Holy Cross (18:09) on Aug. 31 and crossed the finish line 16th at the New England Championships (18:06) on Oct. 12.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the sixth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.
For more information on the New Hampshire men's and women's cross-country team, please visit www.UNHWildcats.com.