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February 14, 2011

McNeill Named to USTFCCCA Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team

NEW ORLEANS, La. – A year after being named Division Scholar Athlete of the Year in both cross country and track and field, former Lumberjack David McNeill was named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2010 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team. McNeill was one of 56 individuals from 42 institutions to be bestowed with the academic honor.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2010.

McNeill surpassed both requirements after completing his undergraduate degree this past December in exercise science with a 3.76 GPA. The native of Australia was also the NCAA Mountain Region champion for the third-consecutive year in 2010.

McNeill closed out his Lumberjack career as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. He and former teammate Lopez Lomong are the school's only two men to win NCAA National Championships in the sport of track and field with McNeill claiming both 5,000-meter titles last season. McNeill also left NAU with nine All-American honors to his name, and was the ESPN Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year in 2010.