NEW ORLEANS – No. 9 Arkansas women’s cross country received USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition due to their exceptional performance in the classroom as individuals and a collective team. Overall the team combined to earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.52.
Four Razorbacks including Kaitlin Flattmann, Valerie Reina, Kelsey Schrader and Regan Ward were selected to receive individual All-Academic recognition.
A biology major with an outstanding 3.98 GPA, Flattmann has been the academic and athletic backbone to the young Razorback team all season. The Benton, La. native was a part of Arkansas’s scoring five in every race in which she competed during her senior year. Flattmann ran a personal best time of 20:00.70 in the 6K at both the SEC Cross Country Championships and the NCAA South Central Regional Championships to earn conference and regional recognition.
Homegrown in Northwest Arkansas Reina has been a steady contributor for the Razorbacks. Reina opened her 2015 cross country campaign finishing sixth in the 6K at the UC Riverside Invitational in 20:49.10. The junior out of Tontitown, Ark continued to improve dropping 29 seconds off her time to finish 11th at the conference cross country championship in a new personal best of 20:20.10. Passionate about child development Reina is pursuing a degree in elementary education and holds a GPA of 3.64.
Another All-SEC and All-Region honoree, Schrader is a marketing major with a 3.74 GPA. Kicking off her season as the Razorbacks’ top finisher at Oklahoma State’s Cowboy preview Schrader went on to collect two top 15 finishes during postseason competition (SECs and Regionals) in College Station, Texas. Schrader capped the year as the No. 4 runner for the Razorbacks at cross country nationals.
Just three spots shy of a top 100 finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Okmulgee, Okla. native Ward assisted the Razorbacks to four team titles during her junior season. Her highest finish came at the UC Riverside Invitational where she placed fourth overall in the 6K with a time of 20:40.30. By late fall Ward improved her time over 6,000 meters by 19 seconds to help Arkansas bring home both the SEC and South-Central Region crowns. Majoring in geology, Ward holds a 3.83 GPA.
Kaitlin Flattmann: Biology, 3.98
Valerie Reina: Elementary education, 3.64
Kelsey Schrader: Marketing, 3.74
Regan Ward: Geology, 3.83
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