PHILADELPHIA – 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 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Cross Country Academic All-Area Team, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon. Selected by the 30 sports information offices of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, also known as PhillySIDA, the 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Cross-Country Team recognizes student-athletes who athletically excel while contributing to their surrounding community and exceed a 3.20 GPA.
Savage and Dorsey, who makes his third consecutive appearance on the academic squad, are two of seven student-athletes to be selected to the team and are joined by Taurai Augustin of Holy Family, Temple's Kevin Lapansky, Co-Performer of the Year Frank Livolsi of Widener, Penn's Kevin Monogue, and Co-Performer of the Year Graham Peet and Henry Woods of Haverford.
Savage finished as SJU's top runner in all six of his races this season, a remarkable accomplishment. He turned in a seventh-place finish at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship to lead SJU to a second-place team finish and turned in an 11th-place finish at the 2017 IC4A Championship to lead SJU to a third-place team finish; for his successes, Savage was named to the All-Conference and All-East teams. 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.
Dorsey, who scored in all six of his meets this year, finished as SJU's #3 runner at both the 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, placing 57th in a field of 180, and IC4A Championship, placing 32nd in a field of 203 to help SJU to a third-place team finish. Dorsey also placed seventh at both the George Mason Invitational, guiding the Hawks to the team title, and Rider Invitational, where the Hawks placed second. The senior tri-captain is an English major out of Emmitsburg, Md.
Savage and Dorsey now turn their attention to the 2017-18 indoor track and field season, which began at the 2017 Jack Pyrah Invitational this past Saturday, December 2. The Hawks return to action at the Wagner College Invitational, to be held at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. on Friday, January 5 and is set to begin at 2:00 p.m.