NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Southern Indiana men’s and women’s cross country teams placed three men and three women along with a women’s team honor on the All-Academic team from the USTFCCCA on Thursday.

In order to qualify for this honor, these individuals had a GPA higher than 3.25 and placed in the top thirty-percent of runners at their respective regional meets and/or placed in the top half of the NCAA II National Championships.

Team honors were given out if a team had scored at the regional meet along with a cumulative team GPA of above a 3.0.


Junior Austin Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) was named after a 10th-place performance at the NCAA II Midwest Regional in Hillsdale, advancing with the team to Nationals where he finished 75th. Nolan also secured his second-straight GLVC Runner of the Year honor after a first-place finish at the GLVC Championships. Nolan is an Accounting major at USI.

Junior Nathan Hall (Springfield, Missouri) crossed the line in 157th at the NCAA II National Championships after a 101st-place performance at regionals. The business administration major also garnered an All-GLVC honor from his 10th-place finish at the GLVC Championships in Louisville.

The final USI men’s runner to be named All-Academic was sophomore Grady Wilkinson (Mt Carmel, Illinois). Wilkinson also secured an All-GLVC finish in 13th at the championships in November while placing 33rd at regionals and 174th at nationals. Wilkinson is undecided on his major at USI.


The USI women’s team, led by head coach Mike Hillyard, grabbed an All-Academic team honor after a 5th-place finish at the GLVC Championships and a 12th-place performance at the NCAA II Midwest Regional.

Junior Jennifer Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) is a Kinesiology major at USI while finishing 5th at the GLVC Championships in November for an All-GLVC performance and finished 35th at the NCAA II Midwest Regional. Comastri also was the first Eagle finisher in all six meets this season.

Freshman Haley Barker (Boonville, Indiana) placed in the top five Eagle finishers in every meet this season in her first year of competition. Barker placed 10th at the GLVC Championships for yet another All-GLVC run. Barker is a pre-dental hygiene major at USI in addition to her cross country and track membership.

Junior Ashley Lawhorn (Frankfort, Kentucky) wrapped up her season with a 21st-place run at the GLVC Championships and crossed the line in 65th at the NCAA II Midwest Regional. The history major ran in the top five Eagle finishers all season long.

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