ASTON, Pa. – Philadelphia University senior cross country runner Jessica Thies (Mohrsville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) was named to the 2016 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women's Cross Country team on Wednesday. The team is voted on by the sports information offices of 30 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Thies earned All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) recognition for the fourth time in her career after coming in sixth place at the 2016 CACC Championship—which the Rams won for the seventh time in the last eight years—on Oct. 23. She finished one spot shy of her career-best finish in the race of fifth back in 2013 when Thies was named the CACC Rookie of the Year.
At the 2016 NCAA Division II East Region Cross Country Championship on Nov. 5, Thies turned in the 47th-place time of 23 minutes, 29.9 seconds—her career-best finish and time in the event. She was the second Ram to finish the race.
In addition to the CACC Championship, Thies helped the Rams win the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship and Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship with finishes of 7th and 14th, respectively.
A three-time member of the CACC Women's Cross Country All-Academic Team, Thies is a textile design major with a 3.873 cumulative grade-point average, the third highest on the team.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Area team, an athlete must be in at least her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.