Back-to-back Iowa Conference champions (2012, 2013)
PELLA—The Central College women’s cross country team earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-academic team honors for the fourth consecutive year, while men’s cross country runners Drew Jackson (junior, Johnston) and Jamie Vander Veer (junior, Knoxville) and women’s cross country runner Alyssa Eaves (junior, Johnston) earned individual all-academic awards.
To qualify for the distinction, an individual student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater on a 4.0 scale and finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships. Teams are honored by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or greater, competing in at least five different varsity competitions with at least five runners representing their school at each meet.
Jackson, a Johnston High School graduate and biology and environmental studies double major, has a 3.57 GPA and placed 13th out of 181 individuals as the Dutch men placed second at the NCAA Division III Central Region meet. It is Jackson’s second consecutive USTFCCCA academic honor. Vander Veer, a Knoxville High School graduate and secondary education major, has a 3.58 GPA and placed 44th.
Eaves, also a Johnston High School graduate and biology and secondary education double major, has a 3.66 GPA and placed 32nd to lead the Dutch women. The team compiled a 3.17 GPA and finished 16th out of 27 teams at the regional meet. It’s the fifth time overall Central has received the team award.