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DeJarnette Wins NCAA Elite 89 Award for Men's XC
Release Date: 11/15/2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ben DeJarnette was named the 2012 winner of the NCAA Elite 89 award for men's cross country Wednesday at the championship banquet.

DeJarnette, a junior from Mechanicsville, Va., has a 4.00 grade point average majoring in journalism.

This season, he finished third at Oregon's Bill Dellinger Invitational, second at the season-opening Pier Park Invitational and 28th at the Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville.

DeJarnette will be competing in his second career NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

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