Feb. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS--Senior dual-sport athlete Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) has been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Cross Country Team, as announced on Monday morning. Cook was a major contributor to the Villanova cross country team during the fall and also competes on the Wildcats track & field and swimming teams.
In order to be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher while also achieving either All-America status or an individual finish in the top 15 of their respective regional championship.
Cook excelled both in competition and academically during the fall season. She earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors and All-BIG EAST accolades for the first time in her career and finished either second or third in the Villanova lineup at every single meet during the season. She helped the Wildcats earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with a 14th place finish (second on the team) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
At the national meet Cook registered a personal best time of 20:51.7 for a 6,000 meter cross country course and recorded a personal best time for the third time in six meets during the season. She also finished in 14th place at the BIG EAST Championships, was 29th at the Paul Short Run and finished in 41st place at the Pre-NCAA Meet.
For her efforts during the year and her continued success academically Cook was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Cross Country Team following the season. Cook has also been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team four times during her career, including three times as a member of the women's swimming & diving team and once in track & field. She maintains a 3.539 grade-point average and is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications.
Cook has carried her success in competition over to the indoor track & field season. She has run personal best times in the Mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters during the season and scored team points for Villanova at the BIG EAST Championships in the 5000 meters with a fourth place finish and a career-best time of 16:28.70.
There were 115 student-athletes named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Women's Cross Country Team. A total of 69 different schools had at least one member of the team.