June 1, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn seniors Angela Homan and Andrew Heath have both been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America All-District IV Cross Country/Track and Field first teams. Heath and Homan, who will be competing in the men's and women's 10,000-meter runs, respectively, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8, will now be eligible for the national ballot.
Homan, a native of Spencerville, Ohio, graduated from Auburn in May with a degree in exercise science and a minor in psychology while maintaining a 3.90 grade-point average. She was a second-team Academic All-American and a first-team Academic All-District selection in 2005.
Homan is a six-time All-American and a seven-time SEC Champion. Homan won the SEC cross country individual title in each of the last three seasons before going on to win All-American honors at the national meet. She has won the 10,000m title at the SEC Outdoor Championships each of the past three years and was an All-American in 2004 and 2005. She also doubled as the 5,000m champion at the 2006 SEC Championships. She set the Auburn school record this year in the 10,000m run at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 33:25.40, and broke the school's 5,000m record while finishing first at the Penn Relays in 16:11.02.
Heath, a native of Marietta, Ga., graduated from Auburn in May with a degree in civil engineering and a 3.84 GPA. He was also a first-team Academic All-District honoree in 2005.
Heath owns the Auburn school record in the 10,000m of 28:55.48 that he set March 31 at the Stanford Invitational while qualifying for the NCAA Championships. He was sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase with a regional qualifying time of 8:58.59, and was sixth in the 5,000m at the SEC Indoor Championships. He was Auburn's top finisher in two cross country meets in the fall, and placed 26th at the NCAA Cross Country South Regional.
To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve, and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district. The District IV team is complied of athletes in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.