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Point Park men's cross country sets program record with three NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Dec. 9, 2010

PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University men’s cross country team set a program record with three members being named NAIA Scholar-Athletes this year. The award is the highest academic honor given out by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Pictured: Andrew Witchey. Photo by Chelsey Engel. 

Point Park runners earning the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award this year were seniors Jared Ferree and Andrew Witchey and junior Joe DeWitt.

The NAIA Scholar-Athlete honor is awarded to student-athletes who are a junior or senior with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 and who have been at their institution for more than one year.

Ferree, the team captain, was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row. The White Oak, Pa., native earned the honor last year in the first year in which he was eligible. Witchey, from Lower Burrell, Pa., and DeWitt, from Cochranton, Pa., each earned the honor for the first time in their careers.

Ferree is an intelligence and national security major with a 3.51 GPA. Witchey and DeWitt are both major in cinema and digital arts with GPAs of 3.83 and 3.85, respectively.