RICHMOND, Va. (June 27, 2011) - Three CAA student-athletes were selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Team. William & Mary senior Betsy Graney received second-team Academic All-America honors, while Delaware senior Ed Bonnevie and Georgia State senior Yolanda Berryhill were named to the third team.
Graney, who received her degree last month, became the 41st Academic All-American in William & Mary history. She is the seventh track and field or cross country athlete from W&M to earn a spot on the Academic All-America.
A kinesiology and health sciences major at the College, Graney was the 2011 conference champion in the 3,000m steeplechase, and also earned All-East honors after finishing fourth in that event at the ECAC Championships in mid-May. In cross country, she was consistently one of the Tribe's top three runners, finishing ninth at the CAA Championships and sixth at the ECAC meet.
Over the course of her career, the Harper Woods, Mich., native set both the W&M freshman and school records in her signature event, and battled through injury to become an NCAA qualifier in 2009. Graney owns nine of the all-time top-16 performances in school history, including her 10:15.99 school record, and became the first woman to compete for the U.S. National Team while still in school. That was in 2008, when she finished second at the U.S. Junior Championships and competed at the World Junior Championships in Poland.
Bonnevie, who earned his degree with honors in mechanical engineering from UD last month, becomes the fourth Blue Hen track & field performer to earn Academic All-American honors, joining distance runner Travis Adams, who earned second team honors in both 1994 and 1995, distance runner Dave Geesaman, who was a third team pick in 1999, and Mike Goodhart, a weight thrower who garnered second team notice in 2002.
A three-year letterwinner in both cross country and outdoor track & field, Bonnevie was a Dean’s List student, earned multiple Colonial Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll notice, and was selected as the 2010 CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s cross country. He finished his academic career with a 3.97 grade point average and was one of 15 members of the CoSIDA team who had a 3.97 or better GPA.
He competed in all seven cross country meets in 2010 and had two top 10 finishes and a 29th place finish at the CAA Championships. He also placed 32nd at the CAA event in 2009. In track & field, he posted the team's sixth best 5,000 meter time outdoors in 2011.
In addition to his academic and athletic accomplishments, he also conducted research in the UD Materials Tribology Lab last summer and was a team representative to the UD Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
Berryhill becomes just the ninth Academic All-American in Georgia State history but the second this year, joining women's soccer player Bri Cagle to give the Panthers two honorees in the same academic year for the first time ever.
A senior from Leesburg, Ga., Berryhill was honored as the 2011 CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's track and field.
She won conference titles in the discus and shot put and was honored as the CAA Most Valuable Performer in Field Events as she led the Panthers to their first CAA championship. In her career, Berryhill is a three-time CAA individual champion, a four-time All-CAA honoree and a three-time NCAA Regional qualifier. She holds the school records in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
Berryhill sports a 3.74 GPA in exercise science.