Patriot runner Driggers named Google Cloud Academic All-American

Patriot runner Driggers named Google Cloud Academic All-American

Francis Marion University junior runner Emma Driggers has been selected to the prestigious 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Team for NCAA Division II.  The Mauldin, S.C., native was named to the 14-member second team.

The 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II women's track/cross country first team members hold a composite 3.90 grade point average. Twenty-one members of the 45-player first, second and third teams honorees – including Driggers – hold a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA.

Selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), the All-America Team recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom.

Driggers owns her perfect grade point average as a history and French double major.  She spent the 2019 spring semester studying overseas as part of an FMU cooperative program.

On the cross country course last fall, she was the third Patriot finisher in all seven meets.  She posted a season-best 5,000-meter time of 21:41 at the Peach Belt Conference Championship Meet.  She was named to the PBC Cross Country All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.

She is part of the FMU Honors Program; is a McNair Scholar, a CHE Fellow, and a Patriot Mentor; and served as a student marshal for 2017-18.  At the 2019 Academic Awards Day ceremony, she received the Phi Kappa Phi Award, and at the 2019 athletic gala, she received the Swamp Fox Academic Frankie Award.

Driggers is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies.  She has been named to the Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll on five occasions and to the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll twice.  She is a member of Baptist Collegiate Ministries and a past Writing Center tutor at FMU.

Prior to her going overseas this past semester, she did compete on the track and field squad for two seasons. She was also named the cross country team MVP in 2016.

Driggers becomes the fourth Academic All-American® for the FMU women's cross country and track and field programs, joining Amanda Doyle (2009), Emily Reid (1999, 2000), and Elizabeth Pidgeon (1997).   

Driggers was a Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist in 2015 at Mauldin High School.

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.


2018-19 Academic All-America ® Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Team for NCAA Division II 

Name                                             School                                                                    Yr.      GPA             Major
Sarah Berger                                 Grand Valley State University                                 Gr.     3.73/3.73     Physician Assistant Studies
Jena Black                                      Pittsburg State University                                        Sr.      3.97             Political Science
Madeline Campbell                         Mississippi College                                                  Sr.      4.00             Interdisciplinary Studies
Chloe Cook                                    Colorado School of Mines                                       Gr.     3.90/4.00     Materials Science
Katherine Ferrara                           Merrimack College                                                  Jr.       4.00             Mathematics
Karlie Garcia                                   Chico State                                                             Gr.     4.00/4.00     Education
Lauren Huebner                              Saginaw Valley State University                              Jr.       3.90             Occupational Therapy
Alicja Konieczek                              Western Colorado University                                  Sr.      3.88             Exercise & Sport Science
Caroline Kurgat                              University of Alaska Anchorage                               Sr.      3.47             Medical Laboratory Science / Nursing
Haven Lander                                 Pittsburg State University                                        So.     4.00             English
Nicole McMillen                               Tusculum University                                                  Sr.      3.92             Business Management
Courtney Nelson                             Pittsburg State University                                        Sr.      3.90             Interior Design
Rachel Ray                                     Missouri Southern State University                           Sr.      4.00             Kinesiology
Skylyn Webb                                 University of Colorado Colorado Springs                Gr.     3.93/3.51     Psychology (UG) Psychology (G)
Megan Wenham                             Colorado School of Mines                                       Sr.      4.00             Mechanical Engineering
Olivia Woods                                 Western Oregon University                                    Sr.      3.85             Psychology
Name                                             School                                                                    Yr.      GPA             Major
Athina Amanor                                Spring Hill College                                                  Jr.       4.00             Pre-Med / Cell & Molecular Biology
Renea Ambersley                           Lincoln University                                                     Sr.      3.51             Wellness
Alicia Belko                                     California University of Pennsylvania                       Gr.     3.87/4.00     Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Elena Bisotto                                   Missouri Southern State University                           So.     4.00             Biology
Devanique Brown                            San Francisco State                                                 Sr.      3.96             Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Communications
Addison Cantor                               Florida Southern College                                         Jr.       4.00             Biochemistry / Molecular Biology
Emma Driggers                               Francis Marion University                                       Jr.      4.00             History / French
Hannah Flemming                            Florida Southern College                                         So.     4.00             Philosophy / Political Science
Arianna Fuentes                              Cal State San Bernardino                                        Sr.      4.00             Social Work
Madison Goen                                Grand Valley State University                                 Jr.       3.92             Biomedical Sciences
Hanna Groeber                              Grand Valley State University                                 Sr.      3.84             Biomedical Sciences
Leah Hanle                                     University of Mount Olive                                        Jr.       3.75             Psychology
Stephanie Mattson                          Bentley University                                                   Sr.      3.97             Actuarial Science / Business Studies
Brianna Schmitz                               Emporia State University                                         Gr.     3.96/4.00     Physical Education
Name                                             School                                                                    Yr.      GPA             Major
Chelsea Bone                                 Concordia University - Portland                               Sr.      3.95             Business
Nicole Bouma                                  Colorado State University - Pueblo                         So.     4.00             Biology
Diana Cauldwell                              Lincoln University                                                     Sr.      3.64             Wellness
Lauren Fairchild                               Colorado State University - Pueblo                         Jr.       3.49             EXHPR: Strength & Conditioning
Carly Gregas                                 East Stroudsburg University                                     Sr.      3.99             Speech Pathology
Carley Hale                                    Southern Arkansas University                                  Jr.       4.00             Art & Design-Media / Marketing
Shayla Huebner                              Northern Michigan University                                   Sr.      3.92             Sport Science
Julia Lockridge                                University of Tampa                                                Jr.       4.00             Allied Health
Rachel Meyers                                Oklahoma Christian University                                 Sr.      3.97             Nursing
Piper Misse                                     Pittsburg State University                                        Jr.       4.00             Nursing
Lucie Noall                                      Queens University of Charlotte                               Sr.      3.95             Biology
Gina Patterson                               Grand Valley State University                                 Sr.      3.82             Exercise Science
Hailey Streff                                  Colorado State University - Pueblo                         So.     3.98             Biology
Eileen Stressling                              Azusa Pacific University                                           Sr.      3.65             Music: Piano Performance
Rebekah White                               Carson-Newman University                                      Sr.      4.00             Exercise Science
Sarah Wilder                                  Georgia College                                                    Sr.      4.00             Chemistry