Coming off a successful fall season, during which both cross country teams reigned as conference champions, they both also were named Academic All-American teams by the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association.
The men finished the fall semester with the second highest GPA in the nation—3.836—and the women finished with the third highest—3.90. Only 20 women’s and 17 men’s teams earned this honor.
Sixteen Cyclones additionally were named individual Scholar All-Americans earning at least a 3.5 GPA: Hannah Funk (Sandburg), Lydia Limas (Andrew), Yuliana Olivares (Reavis), Stephanie Majewski (Reavis), Fiona Agapito (Oak Lawn), Theresa Orr (Argo), Weronika Staszel (Reavis), Sarah McCann (Marist), Fabiola Castillo (Argo), Ilse Caballero (Sandburg); and for the men, Jeremy Morgan (Tinley Park), Alec Altman (Sandburg), Christian Delgado (Argo), Mark Harris (Lincoln-Way North), Rej Bedini (Albania), and Ronaldo Wallace (Thornridge).
This is the highest the teams have ever finished and is the most individuals Moraine Valley has had named Scholar All-Americans.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment. I’m so proud of all of them. I’ve been saying all year how remarkable of a group this is; this accomplishment further cements their legacy. Getting it done out on the course is one thing, but to be successful in the classroom is completely different. They’ve all been able to successfully balance school, athletics and work, which is not an easy task for anyone, let alone a group of young adults,” said Cyclone head Coach Dimitri Dimizas. “Our 16 individual Scholar All-Americans is the second most of any college, and that’s amazing. This group is setting the bar high for all future teams. That’s what I want. Student athletes who plan on running at Moraine Valley should know they’re joining a program that will expect the best from them in all aspects of their life.”