ASU Cross Country Receives Sportsmanship Award

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State women’s cross country team and Francis Marion men’s cross country team are the first two recipients of the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award. This is the first year for the awards program and the Team Sportsmanship Award.

The program presents an award following each championship season to the team in that sport that best exemplifies sportsmanship and generally conducts themselves with a high degree of integrity, character and class. The team sportsmanship award is selected by other teams who compete in that sport. Points are awarded based on how each team finished in the voting and at the end of the year, the institution with the highest totals will receive the PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award.

The Jags are in their most successful season ever, as they finished second at the NCAA Southeast Regionals and earned a berth in the NCAA Championships, scheduled for Nov. 22 in Slippery Rock, Pa.

Senior Jenafer Forward recorded four top-three finishes and was named an all-conference performer for the fourth straight season. Junior Sophie Baconnet also earned first-team honors after placing seventh in the PBC Championships. Junior Kara Kreutzer and freshman Savannah Sutton earned second-team All-PBC honors, with Sutton being named the league’s Freshman-Of-The-Year as well.

Coach Adam Ward was also honored by the Peach Belt Conference. Ward was named the Cross Country Coach-Of-The-Year by his fellow peers for the third consecutive year.