NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the second year in a row, both graduate student tri-captain Dan Savage and senior tri-captain David Dorsey have been voted onto the Atlantic 10 Men's Cross Country Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon. The team is comprised of student-athletes who were selected based on their performance on the trails as well as in the classroom. To be nominated, runners must have a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) for their entire academic career. The teams were selected through voting conducted by the league's Sports Information Directors.
Savage and Dorsey are joined on the All-Academic Team by Dayton's Spencer Danielson and Chris Negri and George Washington's Carter Day and Chris Shaffer.
Saint Joseph's men's cross country program history was made, as Savage becomes the first ever Hawk to be named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference cross country team three times in a career (2015, 2016, 2017).
Savage finished as SJU's top runner in all five of his races this season and turned in a seventh-place finish at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, earning All-Conference accolades, to lead SJU to a second-place team finish. Savage also finished 39th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and placed second overall at the George Mason Invitational to lead SJU to the team title. The graduate student tri-captain graduated from Saint Joseph's in May 2017 with a dual degree in finance and risk management and insurance and is currently working toward his MBA in business administration from SJU.
Earning his second consecutive A-10 Academic All-Conference honor, Dorsey becomes the fifth Hawk in program history to earn multiple cross country academic accolades from the league, joining teammate Savage (2015, 2016, 2017), current assistant coach Teddy Meyers (2006, 2007), Ben Koch (2001, 2003), and Joe McGinn (1990, 1991).
Dorsey finished 24th at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship, turning in SJU's fifth-fastest performance to help the Hawks to the runner-up team finish, and recorded a 57th-place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. Dorsey also placed seventh at both the George Mason Invitational, guiding the Hawks to the team title, and the Rider Invitational, where the Hawks placed second. The senior tri-captain is an English major out of Emmitsburg, Md.
Savage, Dorsey, and the Hawks will close the 2017 cross country season this Saturday, November 18 at the IC4A Championship at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. The IC4A Coaches Race is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. while the IC4A Championship Race is set for 11:45 a.m.