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UTC's Gilpin, O'Brien named Cosida Capital One Academic All-District

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CHATTANOOGA, TN  (GoMocs.com)---University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cross country and track and field student-athletes John Gilpin (Nashville, Tenn.) and Patrick O'Brien (Chattanooga, Tenn.) were selected to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District team.

O'Brien graduated in May from UTC with a 4.0 GPA in Chemistry and Physics and earned Latin Honors. He was also achieved highest honors in both subjects and was honored by the departments.

The Chattanooga native received the Dayle May Academic Award this year as the senior with the highest GPA at Chattanooga. O'Brien was a Southern Conference Commissioner's Medal recipient for academics and a consistent member of the league Honor Roll. He was named to several SoCon All-Academic Teams and made the UTC Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll each semester.

O'Brien set three personal records in cross country with a pair of Top 20 finishes. While running distance in the fall, he competed in the 800 meter at both the SoCon indoor and outdoor championships this year.

John Gilpin, a December 2014 graduate, earned Latin Honors in Health and Human Performance and has been accepted into the UTC Physical Therapy program. He is a SoCon Commissioner's Medal recipient for academics and has been named to the Academic Honor Roll by the league every year. The Nashville, Tenn., native has been named to the UTC Dean's List and Athletics Director's Honor Roll each semester.

This year, Gilpin was the Mocs' leader on the cross country pitch with a pair of Top 10 finishes. He was the lead-off leg of the top place Distance Medley Relay team at the ETSU Invitational and finished third in the 3000m Steeplechase at the Samford Invitational. He won the steeplechase at the Auburn Classic in the outdoor season and won the 1500 meter title at the Catamount Classic a few weeks later.

Gilpin posted PRs this season in the 1500 meter, 3000 meter Steeplechase and the 5000 meter. On Sunday, he claimed the 49th Chattanooga Chase title, completing the 4.7 mile hilly course in a time of 25 minutes and 33 seconds, 35 seconds ahead of second place finisher and masters winner Geno Phillips.

The pair are nominees for the Capital One Academic All-American Honors.

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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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