Nov. 14, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Tulane cross country sophomore Adam Yohanan not only leads the team on course, but also in the classroom, as he was awarded Thursday with a spot on the Conference USA Cross Country All-Academic Team, announced the league offices.
Yohanan, a native of New York, N.Y., has posted a GPA of 3.91 while studying in the A.B. Freeman School of Business on the Uptown campus. Yohanan is one of three male sophomores on the All-Academic Team, which consists of six men and seven women, due to a tie. To be named to the team, student-athletes must be in their sophomore year of college, have earned a 3.2 cumulative GPA or better and be a key member on their team.
"Adam is a really hard-working young man, and he has improved a lot as a distance runner," said the director of Tulane cross country and track and field Eric Peterson. "He is more of a middle-distance runner than a long distance runner, so I know the level of fitness he has achieved will carry him well into the track season. But he has been a team leader for us this fall. It's amazing to see him recognized for something away from the team by being such a good student. I'm proud to have him represent us this way."
Not only has Yohanan excelled on the track, but he has led the Green Wave cross country team in all five of the team's meets this season. He posted a personal-best 25:25.75 in the 8K at the Azalea Classic for a sixth place finish earlier this season.
Yohanan and his teammates are headed to Waco, Texas, for the NCAA South Central Regional meet, to be held Friday morning.
"This feels good," said Yohanan. "This is a good reflection of the standard of Tulane athletics. I'm proud to set the tone for the athletic department and the cross country team, as a whole."
Tulane's cross country program has now placed a member of its team on the C-USA All-Academic team for five straight years. Last season, Mark Manion was named to the team after Mike Mainguy was named to the team three years in a row.
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