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Pieri, Mead repeat as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Matt Pieri

Matt Pieri

     Javon Mead

Javon Mead

     June 25, 2013

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     NEW ORLEANS — Matt Pieri and Javon Mead are the first from Xavier University of Louisiana to be chosen Capital One Academic All-America® twice. Both were named Monday (June 24) to the college division men's track and field/cross country team, and they're in the same positions as a year ago — Pieri on the second team, Mead on the third.
     Pieri and Mead are among five from Xavier selected in 2012-13, including second-teamers Catherine Fakler and Devinn Rolland in women's track and field/cross country.
     The College Sports Information Directors of America has sponsored the Academic All-America program since 1952. The college division consists of NAIA, National Junior College Athletic Association and Canadian members.
     XU is one of 10 schools with two or more males honored. Forty-five student-athletes were selected.
     "To make Academic All-America two years in a row speaks highly of Matt, Javon and Xavier University," XU coach Joseph Moses said. "Matt and Javon have worked very hard in the sport and in the classroom to reach this position. They're both deserving of this honor again. I am proud of them."
     Pieri, from New Orleans and a graduate of Brother Martin High School, is a pharmacy major at XU with a 3.62 grade-point average. He was All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference four times in cross country and was the league individual champion in 2012 and 2010. He was a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete twice. Xavier won the GCAC men's cross country team title in each of his four seasons and qualified for three NAIA National Championships. His time of 26 minutes, 39.71 seconds at the 2012 Azalea City Classic was XU's fastest for 8,000 meters since 1998.
     Pieri finished his XU cross country career with a GCAC men's-record 13 Runner of the Week awards, three in 2012. He had 17 career top-10 finishes, four as a senior, and never finished lower than fourth at the GCAC meet.
     Mead, from Baton Rouge, La., and a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, is an accounting major with a 3.69 GPA. Mead is a three-time All-GCAC runner in cross country, finishing fifth at the league meet in 2012 and 2011 and third in 2010, and has helped the Gold Rush win three GCAC team championships and qualify for two NAIA National Championships. Mead in April was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for the second consecutive year, and in November he was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
     Mead has five career top-10 finishes and three top-5s. His best 8K time is 28:37.3. He was part of a student team which wrote the XU business school's code of conduct.
     Academic All-Americans are starters or important reserves with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. They also must have completed at least one full calendar year at their current institution and reached sophomore athletic eligibility. Pieri and Mead were announced May 30 as Academic All-District 4, which automatically advanced them for national consideration.
     Graduate student Monte Larsen of Morningside was a repeat selection as College Division All-America of the Year.
     Xavier is one of three schools this year — the others are Doane and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) — with at least two men and two women named Academic All-America in track/cross country.
     Xavier is a seven-time defending GCAC team champion in men's and women's cross country. Both squads qualified for the NAIA National Championships four of the past five seasons, including 2012. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will begin the 2013 cross country season in late August or early September.

2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America
Men's Track and Field/Cross Country
College Division First Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Cordell Baker Oklahoma Baptist Sr. Sapulpa, Okla. 3.95 Biology
Austin Basterrechea College of Idaho Jr. Gooding, Idaho 3.77 Biology
Andy Coy Dakota State Sr. Hill City, S.D. 3.97 Biology
John Darmody Saint Ambrose Gr. Everett, Wash. 3.86 Master of Organizational Leadership
Luke Fischer Northwest (Wash.) Gr. Kalispell, Mont. 3.75 Business Administration
John Harris Morningside Sr. Holstein, Iowa 4.00 Engineering Physics, Mathematics
Brad Higgins Doane Sr. Norfolk, Neb. 3.67 Math, Physics
Benjamin Hinckfoot Concordia (Neb.) Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. 3.91 Secondary Education / History and ESL
Bo Johnson Concordia (Ore.) Sr. Toledo, Ore. 3.82 Exercise and Sports Science
Luke Keogh St. Gregory's Sr. Dublin, Ireland 3.97 Criminal Justice
Vincent Krejci Doane Sr. Crete, Neb. 3.70 Biochemistry
Monte Larsen Morningside Gr. Neola, Iowa 4.00 Master of Arts in Teaching
Kyle Marshall Arizona Christian Jr. Phoenix, Ariz. 4.00 Secondary Education, Social Studies
Andy Reidsma Trinity Christian Jr. Wyoming, Mich. 3.90 Business Management and Marketing
Phil Rizzo St. Francis (Ill.) Sr. Evergreen Park, Ill. 3.88 History, Political Science
College Division Second Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Frank Adelman Southwestern (Kan.) Sr. Yukon, Okla. 3.41 Psychology, Biology
Michael Bellamy Northwest Christian Sr. Eugene, Ore. 4.00 Exercise Science
Mike Blaszczyk St. Francis (Ill.) Jr. Novi, Mich. 3.71 Marketing
Tim Boes Madonna Sr. Westland, Mich. 3.83 Social Work
Mitchell Brickson Goshen So. Enon, Ohio 3.94 Physics
Aaron Caldwell Baker Sr. Overland Park, Kan. 3.74 Exercise Science
Conner Carpenter Wayland Baptist So. Farwell, Texas 3.96 Religion
Doug Dawson Siena Heights Sr. Roseville, Mich. 3.70 Criminal Justice
Conner Drendel Southwestern (Kan.) Sr. Haviland, Kan. 3.98 Elementary Education
Garret Ehlers Morningside Jr. Ida Grove, Iowa 3.61 Religious Studies
Matt Huseman Northwestern (Iowa) Jr. Sac City, Iowa 3.41 Elementary Education
Tyler Norby Saint Ambrose Gr. Dubuque, Iowa 3.94 Master of Accounting
Casey Orndorff West Virginia Tech Sr. High View, W. Va. 4.00 Mathematics
Matt Pieri Xavier Sr. New Orleans, La. 3.62 Pharmacy
Brooks Swigart Arizona Christian Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. 3.82 Elementary Education, English
College Division Third Team
Name School Yr. Hometown GPA and Major
Danny Bahret St. Francis (Ill.) So. Channahon, Ill. 3.91 Mathematics, Secondary Education
Aaron Belcher Indiana Tech Jr. Mooresville, Ind. 3.86 Accounting
Francisco Escobar Monroe CC So. Cali, Colombia 3.85 Business Management
James Fisher Oliver Nazarene Jr. Wales, Mich. 3.94 Geological Engineering
Alec Hernandez Embry-Riddle (Fla.) So. North Canton, Ohio 3.78 Aerospace Engineering
Zachary Kraus Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Jr. New Milford, Conn. 3.81 Aerospace Engineering
Colton McNinch Southwestern (Kan.) Jr. Utica, Kan. 4.00 Chemistry, Biology
Javon Mead Xavier Jr. Baton Rouge, La. 3.69 Accounting
Isaias Miranda Lubbock Christian Sr. Clovis, N.M. 3.49 Youth and Family Ministry
Colin Morrissey Concordia (Neb.) Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.82 Secondary Education
Trent Roemmich Jamestown Jr. Linton, N.D. 3.65 Math (Education)
Peter Stacy Biola Sr. Issaquah, Wash. 3.70 Biochemistry
Zach Wittenberg Northwestern (Iowa) Jr. Pella, Iowa 3.73 Biology / Health Professions
Zane Zeigler Embry-Riddle (Fla.) So. Pittsburgh, Pa. 4.00 Aerospace Engineering
Nick Zink William Woods So. Iberia, Mo. 3.90 Biology Education


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