Cross Country

Mercer and Joyce Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams for XC and T&F


SALISBURY, N.C. -- A pair of Catawba cross country and track and field student-athletes were named to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 team. Senior Hannah Mercer was named to the women’s team, while junior Tom Joyce claimed a spot on the men’s team.

Mercer achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during her four years, majoring in therapeutic recreation. She was a three-time All-SAC performer in cross country and twice earned all-region honors. Over her career, Mercer claimed four individual wins and set a school mark for a 6k.

As a junior, Mercer medaled at the South Atlantic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 5000 meters. She set indoor school marks in the 3000 and 5000 meters with outdoor records in the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 meters.

Joyce boasts a 3.97 GPA as he majors in biology and environmental sustainability. He came to Catawba as a men’s soccer player, but transitioned to cross and track as a sophomore. He as medaled three times in the distance medley relay at the SAC Indoor Championships which included a first place finish this season. He holds school records indoors at 800 and 1000 meters and outdoors at 800 and 1500 meters.

The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

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NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT 3 (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)
Kylie Dahlberg - Lenoir-Rhyne (Jr. 3.96, Biology)
Natane Deruytter - Queens (Sr. 3.87, Psychology / Interior Design)
Emma Driggers - Francis Marion (Sr. 3.94, History / French)
Nia Elmore - Clayton State (Sr. 3.77, Psychology & Human Services)
Aleah Johnson - North Georgia (Sr. 3.92, Elementary & Special Education)
Jocelyn Lowe - Lenoir-Rhyne (Sr. 4.00, Exercise Science)
Sarah Mae - McGowan Georgia College (Jr. 4.00, Nursing)
Nicole McMillen - Tusculum (Gr. 3.92/4.00, Business Management (U) / MBA (G)
Hannah Mercer – Catawba (Sr. 4.00, Therapeutic Recreation)
Taylor Moncrief - Mount Olive (Sr. 3.85, Psychology)

Josh Adkins - Lenoir-Rhyne (Sr. 3.95, Medical Studies)
Caleb Agee - Carson-Newman (Sr. 3.96, Biology)
Roberto Fajardo - Lincoln Memorial (So. 3.79, Exercise & Rehabilitation Science)
Jonathan Hughes - Lincoln Memorial (Jr. 3.96, Management)
Tom Joyce - Catawba (Jr. 3.97, Biology & Environmental Sustainability)
Martin Knauer - Queens (Jr. 3.91, Mathematics)
Tucker Mullis - Wingate (Jr. 3.78, Management)
Shawn Olmstead - Georgia College (Sr. 3.85, Exercise Science)
Anthony Raftis - Queens (Sr. 3.87, Sport Management / Math)
Hayden Tuten - Anderson (Jr. 3.96, Marketing)

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