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May 29, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Both South Carolina senior Jeannelle Scheper and redshirt sophomore Sarah Graham earned spots on the Capital One Academic All-District Four NCAA Division I Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Holding a 3.71 GPA in mathematics, the indoor (6’3¼”) and outdoor (6’2″) high jump school record holder captured her second-straight NCAA indoor silver medal at the 2014 indoor championships. The five-time All-American was named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after winning each of her regular season competitions at meet or facility record heights. She continued her indoor season at the SEC Indoor Championships, bringing home silver at meet record height due to misses. This spring, she was awarded the University’s President’s Award, the highest honor given to a student-athlete. Scheper has earned USTFCCCA All-Academic status and is a regular on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Graham, who boasts a 4.0 in management science, made her first NCAA appearance at the 2014 indoor championships after qualifying in the pentathlon, and finished 16th to earn her first All-America certificate. At the SEC Indoor Championships, she recorded the No. 2 pentathlon performance in school history with 4,107 points to take sixth. During the outdoor season, Graham captured high jump silver at the SEC Outdoor Championships just a day after finishing seventh in the heptathlon with the No. 6 point total in school history (5,254 points). In the high jump portion of the SEC heptathlon, Graham cleared a personal best 5’10”, the third best in program history. She also ranks second on the Gamecocks’ indoor high jump performance list with a high jump clearance of 5’10½”. Graham is in Jacksonville, Fla., for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, looking to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump.

The Gamecocks are two of five Southeastern Conference athletes on the District Four list, which includes schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

To qualify for nomination, student-athletes must be in their second year on campus and at least a sophomore athletically. They also must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Scheper and Graham join the rest of the district honorees on the national ballot to compete against the members of the seven other districts for spots on the three Capital One Academic All-America teams.

2014 Academic All-District Women’s Track/Cross Country Team District 4
Name, School, Year, GPA, Major
Elinor Kirk, UAB, Gr., 3.75, Communications
Hannah Acton, Florida State, So., 4.00, Exercise Science/Pre-Med
Lucie Ondraschkova, Georgia, Sr., 3.98, Finance
Colleen Quigley, Florida State, Jr., 3.94 Dietetics
Katie Kessler, Wofford, Sr., 4.0, Biology
Leah Hixon, South Alabama, Sr., 3.83, Biology
Nia Barnes, Alabama, Jr., 4.0, Telecommunication & Film Media-Production
Alexis Paine, Alabama, Sr., 3.98, English
Jeannelle Scheper, South Carolina, Sr., 3.71, Mathematics
Sarah Graham, South Carolina, So, 4.00, Management Science