PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University seniors Curran Kneebone (Saylorsburg, Pa./Pleasant Valley) and Eric Lacy (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) earned a place on the Capital One Division II Academic All-District 1 Men’s Cross Country and Track team for their academic and athletic success on Friday. The team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America in the district.
Kneebone became the first Philadelphia University runner since 2006 to claim Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) individual championship. The victory earned him a spot on the All-CACC team for the second straight year and the 2014 CACC Runner of the Year award. At the 2014 NCAA Division II East Region Championship on Nov. 22, Kneebone was Philadelphia’s fastest runner with a 34th-place finish.
A mechanical engineering major with a 3.98 grade point average, Kneebone was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team for the third time in his career, the CACC Fall All-Academic Team, and the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Year.
In cross country, Lacy posted a career-high three race victories and was a five-time CACC runner of the week. Lacy claimed victory at the season-opening Wilmington University Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 6, Philadelphia Metropolitan Championship on Sept. 27, and the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship on Oct. 11. He was the runner-up in the CACC Championship and 35th in the NCAA East Region Championship. During the track season, Lacy won the 1,500-meter run at the Collegiate Track Conference Championships on April 18 and came home second in the 1,500 at the CACC Championship on May 3.
Lacy—a graphic design communication major with a 3.845 grade point average—earned a spot on the CACC Fall All-Academic Team for the third straight year, and the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team for the second time.
To be eligible for Academic All‐America consideration, a student‐athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be nominated by his/her sports information director.