M. Cross Country

Yanichko Named First Team Capital One Academic All-America

He is one of school record seven Mocs to be named an Academic All-American during 2013-14 school year

AUSTIN, Texas - Florida Southern cross country and track athlete Chris Yanichko repeated as an Academic All-American as he earned First-Team honors on the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's Track/Cross Country Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday. Yanichko's selection increases the total to 55 all-time student-athletes named as an Academic All-American since the program's inception in 1982.

The Capital One 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 2013-14 Division II Academic All-America teams program.

With his honor, Yanichko becomes the school record seventh Moccasin student-athlete this year to be selected as an Academic All-American as senior men's swimmer Robbie Swan (Snellville, Ga.) was named a First-Team Academic All-America Men's At-Large honoree, senior men's golfer Tim Crouch (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) was named a Third-Team Academic All-America Men's At-Large selection, senior women's tennis player Sabine Goge (Cesis, Latvia) and senior women's lacrosse goalie Katie Hammerer (California, Md.) were named First-Team Academic All-America Women's At-Large selections, junior catcher Joey Miller (Sarasota, Fla.) was named a Third-Team Academic All-America Baseball selection and senior pitcher Chelsea Oglevie (Tampa, Fla.) was named a Third-Team Academic All-America Softball selection respectively.

In addition to being the seventh Moccasin student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American this year, Yanichko also becomes the first-ever Moccasin men's track/cross country runner to earn back-to-back Academic All-America honors as he was named a Third Team honoree in 2012-13.

Yanichko, who graduated this past May with a 3.93 cumulative grade point average in biochemistry/molecular biology, is one of 15 first team selections to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Men's Track and Cross Country Team and one of 45 student-athletes named to one of the three Academic All-America Teams. His 3.93 GPA is the eighth-highest among the first team honorees.  

The Grove City, Ohio, native earns his First-Team Academic All-America honor after being one the Moccasins' top runner during the cross country season this past fall. During the cross country, Yanichko, who was named a repeat First-Team All-SSC selection and a three-time UTSFCCCA All-South Region honoree, was the Mocs top finisher in all seven of the meets he competed in. Helped lead the Mocs to four first place finishes, including taking home both the SSC and South Regional titles. Recorded two of the team's Top 5 8K times and recorded a season-high second place finish at the UT Pre-Regional Meet where he ran an 8K time of 26:52.70. Set new personal best times in the 5K, 8K and 10K events during the season as he ran a personal best 5K time of 14:49.46 to finish third at the USF Bulls Invitational, ran a new personal best 8K time of 25:09.81 en route to finishing third at the Florida State Invitational and ran a new personal best 10K time of 32:12.70 to finish 97th at the NCAA D-II National Championships.

At the D-II National Championships, Yanichko, who was named the Team MVP and was a three-time SSC Runner of the Week, was the top finisher for the Mocs and the top finisher among the runners from the South Region. At the SSC Championships, Yanichko finished third overall with an 8K time of 26:00.00 and he finished sixth at the South Regional with a 10K time of 32:59.90. During the recently completed spring track season, Yanichko qualified for the Pepsi Florida Relays in the 5K and finished second in the 10,000 meter run at the Florida State Relays, was fifth in the 5K at the UNF Spring Break Invitational and was sixth in the 3,000-meter run at the USF Invitational.

Yanichko helped lead the Moccasins to its 16th all-time SSC Championship as they scored 34 points at the SSC Championship Meet to outdistance Saint Leo by seven points and the Mocs also took home its second-ever South Regional crown as they scored 65 points to outpace regional runner-up Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras by six points. Additionally, the Mocs also competed as a team at the NCAA D-II Nationals for the sixth time in school history and first time since 2010. FSC finished 27th overall at the 2013 D-II National Championships.

In the classroom, Yanichko was also named to the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll for Cross Country and Track, earned First-Team Capital One Academic All-District honors for the second consecutive season and was the FSC Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award winner for both track and cross country.

Yanichko is one of two men's cross country and track student-athletes from the Sunshine State Conference named to one of the three Division II Academic All-America Team as Saint Leo sophomore Carl Dunne was named a Second Team selection.

Joining Yanichko on the Academic All-America first team are Central Missouri senior Ben Barrows, Wingate senior Binyam Ateka Belachew, Tusculum junior David Cooper, California (Pa.) junior Aaron Dinzeo, Wayne State (Neb.) senior Mickey Doerr, Southern Indiana sophomore Johnnie Guy, Metro State (Colo.) senior Kirk Harvey, Lewis (Ill.) junior Andrew McLain, Southern Connecticut State senior Logan Sharpe, Southwest Baptist senior William Shell, Edinboro (Pa.) senior Dustin Thomas, Slippery Rock (Pa.) junior David Reinhardt, UC-San Diego junior Clint Rosser and Grand Valley State senior Jeremy Wilk.

Southwest Baptist's William Shell was named the 2014 Division II Men's Track/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year.

Click here for the complete Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II Men's and Women's Track/Cross Country Teams

Click here for a complete list of FSC's All-Time CoSIDA Academic All-American selections

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