(Editor’s note: University of Providence media releases)
GREAT FALLS – University of Providence senior Peyton Jones became the first Argo in Track & Field program history to be named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team for the 2018-19 academic year, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The distinction recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined efforts athletically and academically. Jones is one of 10 student-athletes selected for the NAIA District 4 team. The Martinsdale native was also one of only three Frontier Conference student-athletes to earn the distinction.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, have a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s meets.
Jones graduated from the University of Providence in May following a stellar Argo career. He is coming off a weekend in which he made his third-straight appearance at the NAIA outdoor nationals, earning the University of Providence’s third-best finish in the men’s marathon in program history, finishing 17th in the national field. Jones also qualified for his first-ever cross country national championship during his senior season in 2018.
In the classroom, Jones graduated with a degree in criminal justice and a phenomenal 3.97 GPA.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, with first-team and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in June.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) also recently announced their NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes for track and field with five Argos earning the distinction for their exemplary work in the classroom.
The NAIA recognized 516 females and 341 males with track and field Scholar-Athlete commendations nationally.
For student-athletes to qualify, they must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must have achieved at least junior academic status.
Jones and fellow senior Conor McGee, and juniors Zebadiah Boos and James Gerber each earned the honors for the men, while Baylee Green was the sole recipient for the women.
Jones, McGee, and Boos all qualified and earned trips to the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend for their stellar outdoor seasons.