December 1, 2016 – At the end of November, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the student-athletes that earned 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. Of the 335 women’s cross country student-athletes that were recognized, two of the runners were Bryan College Lions. Xia Grimwood, a senior from Cordova, Ark., was named a scholar-athlete for the first time in her career, and Hannah Schroeder has now earned the title of scholar-athlete two consecutive years. Despite having to sit out majority of this season, Schroeder has remained a significant part of the team following last year’s notable performances in both cross country and track and field. Last year was highlighted by posting a Bryan College and Appalachian Athletic Conference meet record time of 9:50:09 in the 4×800.
Bryan Lions Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field standout Tyler Boone was one of 222 men’s cross country student-athletes that were named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. It also marks back-to-back years he has received the honors. This season has been remarkable to say the least for the runner from middle Tennessee. After a memorable year which included two wins, involving crossing the finish line first in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship which earned him the AAC Runner of the Year crown for the second consecutive season, he paced his way to an impressive 39th finish at the 61st Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship. He finished with a time of 25:23.8 in the 8K event held at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.
Boone made history this year as Bryan’s first-ever back-to-back AAC Champion, and his efforts gave way to him being recognized as conference runner of the week three times this season. At last year’s AAC Championship meet, he won in convincing fashion by setting a new course record at Victor Ashe Park with a time of 25:02.32.
Two other occasions that Boone shined this year were at the Greater Louisville Classic where he placed 11th in a field of 300 that included a large amount of NCAA DI runners, and at the Royal invitational hosted by Queens University where he came in behind only one NAIA runner with a notable time of 24:47.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Congratulations on the success in both your races and in the classroom!
Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director