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Strong Academic Fall Finish for the Toreros
Feb. 16, 2018

San Diego, Calif. - 37 Toreros from the Cross Country team were recognized for their academic excellence in the fall semester. 

At the conclusion of the fall academic calendar University of San Diego's cross country teams posted impressive fall semester report cards. 37 Cross Country athletes were recognized at a cross country luncheon for their academic accomplishments. The benchmark used for this award was that of the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll. 

"We are happy with the academic culture that is natural within our sport, but also are pleased to see the men's and women's distance group take it to another level," said Head Coach Will Guarina. "Balance is such a critical component to a true liberal arts education, and I feel that we as a team always have to look to protect and enrich it." 

The conference recognizes those on the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll in three separate categories:

  1. 4.00-3.75 - Gold Honors
  2. 3.74-3.50 - Silver Honors
  3. 3.49-3.00 - Bronze Honors
USD Cross Country Athlete Results:
  • 6 athletes received a perfect 4.0.
  • 15 athletes obtained the gold standard.  
  • 8 athletes obtained the silver award. 
  • 14 athletes were also highlighted for their bronze achievement.  



"Our goal is to provide an learning environment that promotes the exchange of diverse academic thought in a high athletic setting," said Coach Guarino. "The aim is to promote balance that extends beyond the track or course and into the academic arena."  

The Toreros are well into their third week of of their academic semester and as they prepare for their first outdoor competition on Friday, March 9 at the OXY relays at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California.  

2017 Fall Academic Medals
Men's XC / Women's XC & Track
Medal USD XC Student Athlete Year GPA Major Minor
Gold 3.75-4.0
1 Duncan, Erin So. 4.00 Accounting & Finance n/a
2 Giannini, Julie Sr. 4.00 Biology Spanish
3 Lambros, Madison So. 4.00 Accounting n/a
4 Mattice, Samantha Sr. 4.00 Communication Studies Business Administration & Marketing
5 Ong, Jessica Fr. 4.00 Psychology Business Management
6 Wade, Elizabeth So. 4.00 Biochemistry Math
7 Roessling, Ally So. 3.97 Biochemistry n/a
8 Mattias, Alison Sr. 3.88 Behavioral Neuroscience Biomedical Ethics
9 Scholle, Maggie Fr. 3.88 General Engineering Math
10 Klein, Molly Fr. 3.87 Undeclared n/a
11 Kopstein, Jeanne So. 3.87 Marketing & Communication Studies n/a
12 Ricketts, Shea Jr. 3.86 Biophysics Biomedical Ethics
13 Rasmussen, Hannah Fr. 3.82 Undeclared n/a
14 Moore, Zani Jr. 3.80 Behavioral Neuroscience Business Administration
15 Manes, Cameron Fr. 3.78 Biology Chemistry & Spanish
Silver 3.50-3.74
1 McLaughlin, Hope So. 3.73 Marine Ecology Chemistry & Biology
2 Owens, Logan Sr. 3.69 Business Economics n/a
3 Hodges, Tyler Gr. Sr. 3.67 Masters Accounting
4 Kohler, Katherine Fr. 3.61 Behavioral Neuroscience Spanish
5 Pearce, Jackson Fr. 3.61 Undeclared n/a
6 Davenport, James Jr. 3.53 Business Administration Supply Chain Management
7 Kuhn, Cassidy So. 3.50 Electrical Engineering Math
8 Quiambao, Isaiah Jr. 3.50 Psychology n/a
Bronze 3.0-3.49
1 Purtzer, Hailey So. 3.44 Behavioral Neuroscience n/a
2 Conlon, Shannan Sr. 3.41 International Relations & Spanish n/a
3 North-Cole, Natalie Jr. 3.40 Behavioral Neuroscience Chemistry
4 Pedrottii, James Sr. 3.34 Political Science Communication
5 Brodow, Erika Jr. 3.33 Finance Marketing
6 Burke, Liam Sr. 3.33 Business Economics & Anthropology Supply Chain Management
7 Tenuta, Mary Sr. 3.29 Biology German
8 Drinkward, Jonathan Jr. 3.27 Business Economics n/a
9 Brodow, Amanda Jr. 3.13 Marketing Finance
10 Peabody, Kelly Jr. 3.11 Accounting Italian
11 Barraza, Alissa Jr. 3.08 History n/a
12 McCarthy, John Fr. 3.07 Undeclared n/a
13 Bruce, Patrick So. 3.00 Undeclared n/a
14 Tessier, Ryan Fr. 3.00 Environmental Science Business Administration
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