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Valentine, Hitchcock headline NAIA, AMC Cross Country Academic Awards

November 22, 2015

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Prior to the National Championship event in Charlotte, N.C., the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 210 women’s cross country student-athletes were named 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Included on the list was a pair of Stephens College juniors including Julie Valentine and Juliana Hitchcock.


In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Both Valentine and Hitchcock are first-time recipients of the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award. Valentine, a junior from Portland, Ind., sports a 3.89 grade-point average (GPA) in the Fashion Communication program. Hitchcock, a native of Warrensburg, Mo., is majoring in Biology and carries an impressive 3.92 GPA.

The Stars’ two upperclassmen also received recognition for their hard work in the classroom at the American Midwest Conference Championships. Along with sophomores Fey Chavez and Brittany Stanfield, the Stars placed four runners on the AMC Academic All-Conference team. To be eligible for the AMC Academic All-Conference award, a student-athlete must be in her second term at the institution and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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