NEW HAVEN, CT/ RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Valentina Gonzalez of Wood-Ridge, NJ, a cross country student-athlete at Felician University, has been named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Fall 2018 All-Academic Team, the CACC announced on Friday. Gonzalez earns the award for the second time. She is joined by teammate Jane Burgoyne of Glen Rock, N.J., a first-time honoree.
Gonzalez, a junior, ran in four 2018 Felician races. Her season-best 5K of 25:04 came at the Philly Metro Championship on Sept. 8. Gonzalez is a 2016 graduate of Wood-Ridge High. She owns a 3.84 GPA while majoring in communications.
Both Burgoyne and Gonzalez are also members of Felician's track and field team. They are the first two Golden Falcon student-athletes to earn CACC All-Academic honors during the 2018-19 academic year.
In order to be named to the CACC All-Academic Team, recipients must have used a season of eligibility while participating in a CACC fall championship sport, be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, be a second-year student-athlete at their current school and have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher at the end of the immediate preceding term.
Felician finished fourth as a team in the CACC Championship meet after placing 13th in 2017.
Conference-wide, Burgoyne and Gonzalez were two of 33 student-athletes to be honored in women's cross-country from the 14 member schools.
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