Rainey Earns Second Consecutive Academic All-PL Honor

Matthew Rainey at the 2018 Spiked Shoe Invitational

Patriot League Release

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Less than a week after earning his second consecutive All-Patriot League finish at the cross country conference championship meet, American University senior Matthew Rainey was selected for his second consecutive Academic All-Patriot League honor for the cross country season, the league office released on Friday.

This is the fourth career Academic All-PL nod for the Brentwood, Tenn., native, who also earned awards during the 2017 outdoor track season and 2018 indoor track season. Rainey also became the first AU male student-athlete to be recognized by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) since 2012 during the 2018 outdoor track season after he was selected for a USTFCCCA All-Academic award.

Rainey finished ninth overall in adverse conditions during the PL cross country championship last weekend, improving on his 2017 performance by one place. He was at the helm of the men's squad for the third consecutive meet this season and paced the Eagles to a sixth-place overall finish.

The Eagles will return to the course one final time for the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, hosted by Penn State on Friday, No. 9.

For the latest on American University Cross Country, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.

Patriot League Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Benjamin Petrella, Jr., Army West Point
Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Colleen Buckley, Sr., Bucknell 

Men's 2018 Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team
Matthew Rainey, Sr., American
Benjamin Petrella, Jr., Army West Point
Alexander Seal, Sr., Boston University
Chad Sussman, Sr., Bucknell
Jeffrey Kirshenbaum, Jr., Lehigh
Jake Brophy, Jr., Navy
Kevin Murray, Jr., Navy
Women's 2018 Cross Country Academic All-Patriot League Team
Mika Andrews, So., Army West Point
Kajol Maheshwari, Jr., Army West Point
Colleen Buckley, Sr., Bucknell
Jenna Farmer, Jr., Bucknell
Jenna Gasparrini, Jr., Holy Cross
Diana Hammerstone, Jr., Lehigh
Erin McDonnell, Sr., Navy