Brockmueller Earns NCAA Elite 89 Award
Billy Brockmueller has been named the recipient of the NCAA's Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. He was presented the award Saturday night at the men's cross country championship banquet in Joplin, Mo., the site of the NCAA D-II Cross Country Championships.
"Billy is an extremely disciplined and talented individual both in his running and in the classroom," said first-year head coach Grant Watley. "He strives to do his very best in everything he does and is extremely deserving of this award. "We take pride in the academic successes of our cross country teams," he added.
Brockmueller, a redshirt sophomore from Brandon Valley, S.D., is an applied math and computer science double-major who currently owns a 4.0 grade point average. He was awarded an individual invitation to the national meet after placing ninth overall at the Central Regional Championships which was also contested in Joplin, Mo., on November 3.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships.
An All-Region and All-NSIC performer, Brockmueller made history as the first-ever Cougar to compete in an NCAA Championship. The 2012-13 academic year marked USF's first season as a full-fledged member of both the NCAA DII and the NSIC. In addition to his post-season success, Brockmueller's 2012 campaign also included an individual crown at the Briar Cliff Invitational, where he led USF to their first team victory in more than a decade.
Eligible student-athletes for the Elite 89 award are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, visit http://www.ncaa.com/elite89