For the second year in a row, two members of the Francis Marion University men's cross country and track and field programs – juniors Javier Bustos Jaimes and Devin Nelson – have been named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District™ III Team. Thursday's (May 25) announcement was made to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
The Academic All-District™ teams include student-athletes from eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2016-17 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
Both Bustos Jaimes and Nelson advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Bustos Jaimes is a native of Eagle Springs, N.C., and owns a 3.88 grade point average while majoring in industrial engineering.
He ran in all six meets this past fall and posted four Top-15 finishes, including winning the Monarch Cross Country Classic hosted by Methodist College. He was the squad's top finisher at both the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet and the NCAA Southeast Region Championships. He registered a career-best 5,000-meter time of 17:03 at the Carolina Challenge, was named the team MVP, and was selected to the PBC All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year. He has run in all 19 races over the past three years.
For his work in the classroom, Bustos Jaimes has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society and been named to both the Peach Belt Conference Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls. He is an FMU Fellow and garnered a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2016.
Nelson is a native of Bloomfield, Conn., and is majoring in marketing with a 3.80 GPA.
He also ran in all six meets last fall and was named to the PBC All-Academic squad. He recorded four Top-20 showings, including a pair of Top-10 finishes, and was the team's third finisher at the 2016 PBC Championship meet. He too has not missed a race in three years.
Nelson attended the 2016 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Phoenix, Ariz. He has served on the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the past three years, is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma Business honor societies, and has also been named to the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls. He was honored with the 2016 Ray E. Thames Memorial Raise the Roof Award (for overall school spirit) and gained a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award in 2016.
As a freshman in 2014, Nelson was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and earned FMU Team MVP recognition.
The pair helped lead the FMU cross country squad to four Top-5 showings, including a team win at the Monarch Cross Country Classic.
Both runners also competed on the Patriot track and field team this past spring.
Bustos Jaimes is a product of Pinecrest High School, while Nelson is a graduate of Capital Preparatory Magnet School.