Three Vikings receive USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic honors

Chip Jackson

Feb. 14, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Three Western Washington University runners - Chip Jackson (Sr., Shoreline/Shorewood), Taylor Guenther (So., Vancouver/Prairie) and Nathan Richards (Jr., Longview/R.A. Long) - were among those receiving United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Cross Country All-Academic honors announced Friday.

It is the third time that Jackson has been recognized and the second time for Guenther.

Jackson is a mathematics and computer science major maintaining a 3.91 (4.0 scale) grade point average. He placed 61st at the 2013 national championships and earned all-star honors by placing fourth at both the West Regional and Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships.

Jackson is a three-time GNAC academic all-star.

Guenther is a language, literature and cultural studies major with a 3.78 GPA. A GNAC academic all-star, she placed 94th at nationals and was a regional all-star by placing 12th.

Richards is a biology/chemistry major with a 3.42 GPA. He was 194th at nationals after earning all-star honors at both regionals and the GNAC meet by finishing 23rd and eighth, respectively.

Jackson also was a GNAC academic all-star and was named the conference Male Newcomer of the Year.

The WWU women placed 18th and the men 20th at nationals.

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