Speir Earns First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America Accolades
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's cross country/track and field runner Ryan Speir (Burr Ridge, Ill.) earned First Team Academic All-America accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday afternoon. The member of the Class of 2017 becomes the first Navy cross country runner to earn first-team honors.
To be eligible for the initial district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 through the end of the 2016 fall semester, be at a minimum a sophomore academically, as well as be a starter or key reserve on their respective team. CoSIDA's District II consists of Division I schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each school is allowed to nominate up to three student-athletes for their respective men's and women's district ballots. The first team student-athletes in each district are then placed onto the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Speir earned the opportunity to become an Academic All-America by being selected to the First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District track & field/cross country team in May with a 4.00 GPA as an aerospace engineering major. He is the first Navy cross country runner since Cody Rome (second team) in 2012 to be named to the combined cross country/track and field list.
He was previously named the 2016 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for cross country. The future Navy pilot was a member of both the Academic All-Patriot League Team and Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Speir ranked first among his USNA classmates in the Academic Order of Merit. He earned Naval Academy academic accolades all eight semesters, including being named to the Superintendent's List five times.
The Burr Ridge, Ill., native placed fifth in the Patriot League Cross Country Championship to earn First Team All-Conference honors this year. Speir competed in eight races, including the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and NCAA Championship.