WVU's Two Selections Represent BIG EAST on Academic All-America Team

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Two West Virginia cross country and track & field standouts were the BIG EAST's representatives on the ESPN The Magazine Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Mountaineer senior Marie-Louise Asselin was chosen to the Academic All-America Second Team, while junior Kaylyn Christopher was named to the third team.

Asselin, who has a 3.70 cumulative grade-point average as a biochemistry major, was the runner-up in the 5,000-meter run at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor track & field championships in the 2009-10 season and was a seven-time all-America finisher. She also was the recipient of the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award in women's track & field.

Christopher has a 3.94 GPA as a double major in journalism and philosophy. She earned two all-America honors in 2009-10 after placing 12th in the mile and eighth in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Both runners were also members of the Mountaineer cross country team, which placed sixth at the NCAA Championship in 2009.

The two selections give the BIG EAST 22 Academic All-America picks for the 2009-10 academic year. That total stands as third-highest in BIG EAST history.