RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University sophomore men's cross-country student-athlete Mark Whaley (Wood-Ridge, N.J./Wood-Ridge) has been named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Fall 2017 All-Academic Team, the CACC announced today. Whaley earns the honor for the first time in his career.
In order to be named to the CACC All-Academic Team, recipients must have used a season of eligibility while participating in a CACC fall championship sport, be at least a sophomore academically and athletically, be a second-year student-athlete at their current school, and have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher at the end of the immediate preceding term.
Whaley participated in track & field as a jumper in high school, and was converted into a distance runner in college. He participated in seven meets as a freshman and in two this season. He owns a career-best 8,000-meter time of 35 minutes, 24 seconds at the Paul Short Run on October 1, 2016.
Whaley carries a GPA of 3.95 as a computer science major.
Felician has now seen three student-athletes earn Academic All-CACC honors this academic year.
Conference-wide, Whaley was one of 22 student-athletes to be honored in men's cross-country from the 14 member schools. The complete 2017 CACC Men's Cross-Country All-Academic Team can be viewed at www.caccathletics.org/sports/xc/2017-18/2017_CACC_MXC_All-Academic_Team.pdf.
Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,000 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.