by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College senior Justin Alford has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team in men's track and cross country.
The award is presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Alford was selected for the honor by members of the organization from NCAA Division II programs in the Southeast Region.
Alford was one of 10 student-athletes in the sports of men's track and cross country chosen to represent the Southeast Region in the award program. He will now be considered by the entire CoSIDA membership for Academic All-America honors.
The Middlesex, N.C., resident was named the Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year in indoor track, and was a finalist for the league's top honor, the Murphy Osborne Award.
Alford earned all-conference acclaim during the indoor season after a third-place finish in the pole vault at the league meet. He holds both the Barton indoor and outdoor school records in the event.
Academically, Alford graduated earlier this month with a 3.92 cumulative grade point average in business management and mathematics. He scored in the 96th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test for business.
NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT 3 (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)
Name School Yr. GPA Major
Alford, Justin Barton College Sr. 3.92 Business
Altizer, Evan Tusculum College Sr. 3.87 English
Bustos Jaimes, Javier Francis Marion University Sr. 3.88 Industrial Engineering
Dahlke, Jonathan University of Mount Olive Sr. 3.70 Psychology
Hernandez, Jorge Lincoln Memorial University Jr. 3.95 Business-Management
Hinderer, Nathan Wingate University Sr. 3.85 Athletic Training
Mack, Sam Flagler College Sr. 3.83 Criminology
Nelson, Devin Francis Marion University Sr. 3.83 Marketing
Powell, Michael UNC-Pembroke Sr. 3.92 Health & Physical Education, K-12
Stepp, Tanner Carson-Newman University Sr. 3.69 Accounting