Copeland Receives Academic Honor
Feb. 9, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - East Carolina senior cross country runner Brittany Copeland has earned Division I All-Academic Cross Country status, according to an announcement by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday. Copeland, who holds a 3.54 grade-point average as a recreational therapy major, is one of six Conference USA runners to receive the recognition.
The USTFCCCA honor is the second of Copeland's career as she was also a member of the organization's 2009 all-academic track and field squad.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011. In this year's group, a total of 104 student-athletes, representing 67 institutions, were selected.
For her work in the classroom, Copeland has been a two-time Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and was named to the East Carolina Dean's List (3.5 GPA required) for the spring 2010 semester. In the fall of 2010 and 2011, she earned a place on ECU's Chancellor's List (4.0 GPA required).
During her final campaign with the Pirate cross country program, Copeland turned in the best season by a female in East Carolina history, setting school records in the 5K and 6K while earning all-conference and all-region honors. She was named the Sept. 27 C-USA Female Athlete-of-the-Week and did not finish lower than 25th at a meet all season.
The Stafford, Va., native ended her career owning three of ECU's top five 5K times and three of the top four 6K marks. Copeland set the Pirate 6K record with a 20:59.9 time at the NCAA Southeast Regional to place 22nd and earn All-Southeast Region honors for the second time. She is the only all-region honoree in East Carolina women's history.
Two weeks earlier at the Conference USA Championship, she became the initial female in Pirate history to earn First-Team All-C-USA honors by finishing fourth overall with a program-best 5K time of 16:56.7.