Graham, Scheper Named Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
June 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Sophomore Sarah Graham and senior Jeannelle Scheper have been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Track and Field/Cross Country second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The designations mark the sixth year in a row that at least one Gamecock has been honored by the organization as an Academic All-American. Currently, South Carolina is in the midst of a run that has seen a selection in nine of the last 11 years. Graham and Scheper are the first Gamecock women since Jenny Lake's back-to-back selections in 2004 and 2005.
Graham, who boasts a 4.0 in management science, made her first NCAA appearance at the 2014 indoor championships after qualifying in the pentathlon, and finished 16th to earn her first All-America certificate. At the SEC Indoor Championships, she recorded the No. 2 pentathlon performance in school history with 4,107 points to take sixth. During the outdoor season, Graham captured high jump silver at the SEC Outdoor Championships just a day after finishing seventh in the heptathlon with the No. 6 point total in school history (5,254 points). In the high jump portion of the SEC heptathlon, Graham cleared a personal best 5'10", the third best in program history. She also ranks second on the Gamecocks' indoor high jump performance list with a high jump clearance of 5'10½".
Holding a 3.71 GPA in mathematics, Scheper, who is the indoor (6'3¼") and outdoor (6'2") high jump school record holder, captured her second straight NCAA indoor silver medal at the 2014 indoor championships. The five-time All-American was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning each of her regular season competitions at meet or facility record heights. She continued her indoor season at the SEC Indoor Championships, bringing home silver at meet record height due to misses. While redshirting this spring, she was awarded the University's President's Award, the highest honor given to a student-athlete. Scheper has earned USTFCCCA All-Academic status and is a regular on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
To qualify for nomination, student-athletes must be in their second year on campus and at least a sophomore athletically. They also must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Earlier this month, the pair moved on to the national ballot after their selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Four NCAA Division I Team.
Graham and Scheper are joined by Lucie Ondraschkova (Georgia) and Alexis Pain (Alabama) on the second team and Nia Barnes (Alabama), Therese Jernbeck (LSU) and Sandi Morris (Arkansas) on the third team as the only SEC athletes to earn the recognition. South Carolina is the only school with two selections to the second team.
SOUTH CAROLINA TRACK & FIELD CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS