Patriot duo earn PBC All-Academic cross country honors

Patriot duo earn PBC All-Academic cross country honors

Two Francis Marion University women's cross country runners, juniors Emma Driggers and Jasmine Watson, have been named to the 2018 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team.  Both garner the recognition for the second consecutive year.

A native of Mauldin, S.C., Driggers has a perfect 4.00 GPA as a modern languages (French) major.  She is a part of the FMU Honors Program, a McNair Scholar, a CHE Palmetto Fellow, and a Patriot Mentor. She served as a FMU Student Marshal last year, is a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), and has worked as a Writing Center tutor.  She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society and has been named to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll and the FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on every opportunity.  She was named the cross country team MVP in 2016 after winning one race and posting four Top-20 showings as a freshman.

Watson is a native of Florence and a product of West Florence High School.  She is majoring in nursing and has a 3.905 GPA.  She was selected to the 2017 PBC All-Sportsmanship Team.  She serves as a resident assistant in FMU student housing, has been an Orientation leader and a Student Marshal, and is a two-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  She too has also named to both the PBC Presidential and FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic honor rolls at every possible chance.  She was named MVP of the Patriot track and field squad this past spring.

Both have competed in all five races this season.

To be eligible for the All-Academic program, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of the team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; have achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and have completed at least one full academic year at their current institution.

The pair will run this Saturday (Nov. 3) as both the Patriot men's and women's squads compete in the 2018 Peach Belt Conference Championships at the Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island, S.C.  The men's 8,000-meter race will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the women's 5,000-meter race at 10:15 a.m.

Admission is $5 per car (cash only) and directions can be found at

Driggers is a graduate of Mauldin High School.


         Emma Driggers                 Jasmine Watson