CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Tuesday that Cathy Parker (Westford, Mass.), of the University of New Hampshire women’s cross country team, was named one of six America East Scholar-Athletes for the fall sport season.

Parker capped off one of the most impressive cross country careers in UNH history by placing 28th overall at the 253-runner NCAA National Championships on Nov. 19. Parker was the second quickest New England runner and the third fastest runner from the Northeast region. Her success in the race paved the way to her becoming the first All-American runner in the UNH program in nearly 15 years.

Parker competed in the NCAA National Championships for the second straight year after receiving one of only two individual at-large bids for the entire country. Since 1996, UNH’s cross country program has sent four different runners to the NCAA National Championships. Of the four, Parker is the only member of the women’s team and is the only one to go twice.
Parker was also the runner-up at the 2007 America East Cross Country Championship and was named to the America East All-Conference Team.

Parker, a nursing major, was also named to the America East All-Academic Team this fall and owned the highest GPA on the team (3.85). Parker also is a member of the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and has been selected to the All-Academic squad each of the nine seasons she has participated in either cross country or indoor and outdoor track & field. She was named to the 2007 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Team last spring.
Parker was named America East Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week this season Oct. 2 and Oct. 16. She also garnered ECAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors Oct. 2.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports that America East offered in the fall season including men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six fall championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20.

Fall 2007 America East Scholar-Athletes

Athlete School Sport
Alex Felce Stony Brook Men’s cross country
Cathy Parker
New Hampshire
Women's cross country
Sarah Hudak Boston University Field hockey
Connor Tobin Vermont Men’s soccer
Elizabeth Cook Hartford Women’s soccer
Jacki Kane Binghamton Volleyball

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