UNH's Parker named to America East Academic Team

BOSTON -- Catherine Parker (Westford, Mass.), a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, was named to the inaugural America East All-Academic Women's Cross Country Team, the conference announced Wednesday.

This marked the first time that America East named All-Academic teams for each of its fall sports and student-athletes from cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball were honored for achievements in athletics and academics.

Parker, who was the top Wildcat finisher in every race she ran this season, led UNH to a third-place finish at the America East Championship by finishing fifth overall. She also led the 'Cats to first place at the 39th Annual Albany Invitational with her fourth-place finish in the race. Parker earned the America East Performer of the Week award Sept. 21 after winning the Third Annual Ted Owens Cross Country Invitational at Central Connecticut State. Her victory led the Wildcats to the team title.

Last year, Parker was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll for recording higher than a 3.50 GPA in the Fall 2004 semester.

Each All-Academic team was selected based on the student-athletes' academic and athletic accomplishments. Academic achievement for consideration required a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.00 entering the Fall 2005 season. Athletic accomplishment standards varied by the sport. For team sports, nomination to the post-season awards ballot was required for consideration and the size is restricted to the number of starters on the field/court. For individual sports, student-athletes qualified by becoming a medalist at the conference championship meet and those teams are open to all those who also meet the academic standard (no size limit).

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