AUGUSTA, GA – Francis Marion's Emma Driggers and Georgia College's Sarah Wilder were named Google Cloud Academic All-Americans for Division II women's track & field and cross country. The honor is widely regarded as the highest individual honor a student-athlete can receive. Driggers was named to the second team while Wilder was placed on the third team.
This is the second straight year the PBC has placed two women's cross country/track & field athletes on the All-America team. The PBC has had nine Academic All-Americans in the last five years.
Driggers and Wilder were two of the 21 athletes named to the team with perfect 4.00 GPAs.
Driggers owns her perfect grade point average as a history and French double major. The Mauldin, S.C., native spent the 2019 spring semester studying overseas as part of an FMU cooperative program.
On the cross country course last fall, she was the third Patriot finisher in all seven meets. She posted a season-best 5,000-meter time of 21:41 at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet. She was named to the PBC Cross Country All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.
She is part of the FMU Honors Program; is a McNair Scholar, a CHE Fellow, and a Patriot Mentor; and served as a student marshal for 2017-18.
Wilder was named a valedictorian of her class when she graduated last month with a degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics. A three-time PBC All-Academic honoree, Wilder was named the PBC Elite 15 Award recipient this year, given to the student-athlete with the best GPA among those at the PBC Championships. The Tifton, Ga., native ran in five of the team's six races this year, her best finish being 31st at the VSU Border Clash.
The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.
See the complete Google Cloud Academic All-America team here.