Chelsea native named Academic All-American

Chelsea High School alum and Montevallo student-athlete Cheyenne Thompson was named a third team CoSIDA Captial One Academic All-American. (Contributed)

Chelsea High School alum and Montevallo student-athlete Cheyenne Thompson was named a third team CoSIDA Captial One Academic All-American. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MONTEVALLO – University of Montevallo junior Cheyenne Thompson has been named a third team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American selection in women’s cross country and track and field for the second year in a row.

The Academic All-American team recognizes the top student-athletes with the highest academic profile nationally in NCAA Division II.

Thompson, a Chelsea native, owns a perfect 4.00 grade-point average as a Biochemistry major.

“Cheyenne has had another phenomenal year in both the classroom and on the course and track,” said Montevallo women’s cross-country and track and field coach Tommy Barksdale. “She is an outstanding representative for both the cross-country and track and field programs here at Montevallo.”

Thompson, a product of Chelsea High School, was named an NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region selection and an All-Peach Belt Conference selection in both cross-country and track and field this season.

Thompson capped the year by setting a new Peach Belt Conference record time of 11:05.81 in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase while claiming the individual title at the conference championship event in April.

Thompson helped Montevallo repeat as Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II Southeast Region Champions during cross-country season in the fall of 2015. Thompson also helped the Falcons advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship for the second year in a row, while also competing as an individual following her freshman season.

Thompson was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team in both cross-country and track and field.