Meet Your Fall Elite 15 Award Winners Presented by EAB

Meet Your Fall Elite 15 Award Winners Presented by EAB

With the 2018 Peach Belt Conference fall championships concluded, it is time to take a look at the student-athletes who received the Elite 15 Award, presented by EAB. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90, the Elite 15 Award is given at each of the 15 PBC championships to the student-athlete competing in the championship with the highest over cumulative GPA. Ties are broken by giving the honor to the student-athlete with the most credit hours earned.

EAB helps today's education leaders solve their biggest problems and is a long-time sponsor of the PBC's Elite 15 Award.  Learn more about EAB here.

Below is a look at the five student-athletes who received the honor this fall.

Women's Cross Country – Sarah Wilder, Georgia College

  • A senior from Tifton, Ga., majoring in chemistry
  • A three-time PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar and two-time D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner
  • Has a perfect 4.00 GPA and is minoring in mathematics
  • Ran in all five races for the Bobcats in 2018 with a top result of 31stplace at the VSU Border Clash

Men's Cross Country – Shawn Olmstead, Georgia College

  • A junior from Buford, Ga., majoring in Exercise Science
  • A two-time PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar who has also been named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA and received the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award
  • Carries a 3.80 GPA and is minoring in community health
  • A 2017 PBC All-Conference runner, he competed in all six events for the Bobcats in 2018 with two top-20 finishes.  He was 44that the PBC Championship and 44that the NCAA Southeast Regional

Men's Soccer – Matthew Bainbridge, Francis Marion

  • A junior defensive midfielder from Liverpool, England
  • Named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and All-Academic team twice as well as the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll five times
  • Carries a 3.856 GPA and is majoring in general business
  • Played in 12 games and made 11 starts for the Patriots in 2018, including the PBC tournament quarterfinal win over Flagler and the PBC Tournament semifinal

Women's Soccer – Ashlee Graham, Georgia College

  • A senior goalkeeper from Decatur, Ga.
  • A two-time PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar, two-time winner of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award and was named United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region
  • Carries a 3.97 GPA with a major in exercise science
  • Named second-team All-Conference in 2018, her second All-Conference honor, after leading the Peach Belt in saves and save percentage and was second in the league in goals against average

Volleyball – Kelsey Spurlin, USC Aiken

  • A sophomore right side from Gaffney, S.C.
  • A PBC Presidential Honor Roll Gold Scholar in 2017-18 and 2016-17 and named to the All-Academic team this fall
  • Carries a perfect 4.00 GPA with a major in secondary education
  • Played in 20 matches for the Pacers as they won the PBC regular-season championship and reached the NCAA Southeast Regional championship game, averaging 1.35 kills and 2.10 digs per set