Four Big Blues Chosen as USCAA Academic All Americans

Four Big Blues Chosen as USCAA Academic All Americans

Virginia Beach, VA- The Big Blues land 4 players on the USCAA Academic All-American list during the 2016 Fall Championships. The 2016 Fall Championships were hosted in Virginia Beach, VA and saw Men's and Women's Soccer, Volleyball and Men's and Women's Cross Country compete for a National Championship. Jelena Jevtic, Marta Briales, Chris McBride and Jared Brown all were nominated and received All-Academic Honors at the Award Banquet this week.

Junior Volleyball standout Jelena Jevtic excels not only on the court but also in the classroom. The Serbian native is studying Social Sciences and holds a 4.0 GPA, highest on the Big Blues Volleyball Team. Jevtic will return to the court for her final season at Bluefield State starting next fall.

Senior Marta Briales is in her first season and final on the Women's Cross Country after being a member of the Women's Tennis team here at Bluefield State. In her first season on the cross country team Marta has already won a race and had Top 10 finishes in several others. Her success can also be seen in the classroom as she currently has the highest GPA on the Women's Cross Country Team. Briales is studying Accounting here at Bluefield State and is on pace to graduate this May.

Senior Jared Brown and Junior Chris McBride round out the Big Blues receiving the Academic All-American Awards for this Fall Championship. Brown, a Senior from Cashmere, WV is studying Accountancy and is on track to graduate in May. McBride still has another year with the Big Blues and the Civil Engineering Technologies Major from Flat Top, WV will return to the course next fall for his final season.

These four student athletes join Kirk Collins of the Men's Golf Team in receiving Academic All-Americans for the fall sports. "It is great to have so many successful student athletes be recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom. All four of these student athletes honored this week have worked extremely hard and we commend them for their accomplishments on the playing field and in the classroom," Department Spokesman said. To be considered an Academic All American, a student athlete must be a Junior or Senior and have above a 3.5 GPA. For a full list of Academic All American's please check it out here: http://www.theuscaa.com/general/2016-17/releases/20161110vd3zzf