Herd Cross County’s Hayes and Shaffer Named Conference USA All-Academic|
Nov. 10, 2016
The All-Academic team comprises of six men and six women from Conference USA schools, nine of which were represented on this year’s team. Marshall and Rice are the only schools to place multiple student athletes on the 12 member team.
For Hayes, this is his second consecutive year being named to the C-USA All-Academic team. The Fairmont, W.Va., native maintains a 3.92 GPA in biology/pre-med. He has been named to the Marshall Dean’s List all six semesters he has completed. He additionally has been awarded the Conference USA Academic Medal the past two seasons, and was named to the C-USA Honor Roll his freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
This season, Hayes’ best 8K performance came at the Conference USA meet where he ran in 25:55.7, finishing in third for Marshall and 29th overall. In his best 5K, he finished 19th at the Morehead State Eagle Opener with a time of 16:28.8.
Shaffer, a native of Madison, W.Va., earned All-Academic honors as he maintains a 3.88 GPA in civil engineering. He has also been named to the Marshall Dean’s List all six semesters he has completed. He has been awarded the Conference USA Academic Medal the past two seasons, and was also named to C-USA Honor Roll his freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
Shaffer also ran his best 8K at the Conference USA meet where he ran in 25:49.4, finishing second for Marshall and 28th overall. His best 5K came at the Morehead State Eagle Opener with a time of 16:18.4, where he finished 11th.
“I couldn’t think of two more deserving guys to get this award,” Herd assistant coach Caleb Bowen said. “Really, I think our whole team does a fantastic job putting academics first and foremost and I believe that they do so well because of how committed our seniors are to academic excellence.”
“Will and Tony put in thousands of hours in their studies and it shows when you look at their grades,” Bowen continued. “Being in engineering and pre-med is tough on its own and these guys excel at it while running 70-80 miles a week. I’m proud of them for making the All C-USA Academic team, and I know that this is just the tip of the iceberg of accomplishments they’ll earn before they graduate.”
The C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Academic Medalists will be announced in the spring of 2017.