Christmas, Parkinson Named to America East Cross Country All-Academic Teams

Senior Sara Parkinson
Senior Sara Parkinson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Seniors Michael Christmas (Invercargill, New Zealand/James Hargest College) and Sara Parkinson(Lancashire, England/Loughborough University) have been named to the 2010 America East Cross Country All-Academic Teams, as announced by the conference Friday.


Christmas finished 44th at the America East Championships on Oct. 30. The senior has a cumulative GPA of 3.72 and is majoring in biological sciences. He was named to both the 2009-10 conference Indoor and Outdoor All-Academic Teams.


Parkinson placed 50th at the conference meet and has a cumulative 3.73 GPA in geography and environmental systems. She was named to the CoSida/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II Cross Country/Track and Field First Team and was honored on the America East Cross Country and Indoor Track and Field All-Academic Teams a year ago.


The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.  

For the third 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.