Barons Recognized For Their Brains

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—During the fall 2011 season, Franciscan University student-athletes brought much recognition to Steubenville; the women’s cross country team topped the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference, claiming the AMCC Championship for a fourth time, and both the women’s tennis and men’s cross country teams were AMCC runners-up. Additionally, the green and gold competitors garnered the AMCC’s Player of the Week award over a dozen times.

At Franciscan, that competitive edge wasn’t limited to athletics. Academically, the Barons led the AMCC during the fall season. Of the seven fall sports eligible to receive the AMCC Team Peak Performer Award—which recognizes the team in each sport with the highest cumulative grade point average—Franciscan was the only school with multiple teams earning the award.

Lady Baron Volleyball had the highest team GPA in the AMCC, besting the competition with a cumulative GPA of 3.48. The men’s cross country team also surpassed other conference teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.40.

“Our student-athletes consistently prove that it’s possible to excel in multiple arenas,” said Franciscan athletic director Chris Ledyard. “These scholastic honors are a testament to how enriching the combination of academics, athletics, and faith is on campus.”

Franciscan Athletics is proud of the academic accomplishments earned by its student-athletes—especially as it continues to celebrate the first-ever NCAA Division III Week—and is looking forward to the results for the winter and spring AMCC Team Peak Performer Awards, which will be announced June 1. 

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