NORCROSS, Ga. ---- The Southern States Athletic Conference announced awards for the 2012 fall cross country season, and Auburn Montgomery women's runners Katherine Toy and Areial Woods were each selected to the All-Academic team.
In addition, Andrew Russell and Jordan Holley were selected as the school's representatives on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character team.
To qualify for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have completed two terms of attendance and earned at least 24 semester hours of college level work, have attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher based on all courses attempted at the current institution and from all previously attended institutions attended, and be participating in his or her sport during the semester in which the nomination is made.
Toy, a senior from Sugar Land, Texas, was honored for the second consecutive year. At the Sand Shark Invitational on Oct. 20, she broke the AUM women's 5K record by finishing the course in 20:40.21. She also finished her season strong, running the third-best time in AUM history at the SSAC Championships (21:13.58). Overall, Toy holds seven of the 10 fastest AUM women's 5K times.
Woods, a senior from Aliceville, Ala. who also works as a student assistant for the women's basketball team, ran her first meet at the Warrior Invitational on Sept. 29. She took a minute off her time in each of her first three meets, and eventually ran a season-best time of 25:38.18 at the Sand Shark Invitational.
The Musco Lighting Champions of Character team is selected based on athletes who best represent their teams based on respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. One member is selected from each team in the conference.
Russell, a freshman from Boaz, Ala., was one of six freshmen on this year's team. After running a 31:57.66 in his first meet of the season, he showed steady improvement throughout the season. Russell finished with three sub-30 minute times, including a season-best of 29:16.32.
Holley, a sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., ran sub-30 minute times on four separate occasions, including three of her last four meets. She finished with a season-best time of 27:17.44.
Erica Segars from Southern Wesleyan was named the SSAC women's Runner of the Year. Lee coach Don Jayroe received the Coach of the Year award. On the men's side, Joash Osoro from William Carey took home the Runner of the Year award, while Emmanuel coach Jose Larios was named Coach of the Year.