TOWSON, Md. - VMI junior Cabell Willis has been named to the Capital One Academic All-American Third Team for Men's Track and Field and Cross Country, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) and released Thursday.
Willis, who finished the spring term with a 3.99 GPA, concludes a banner season by becoming the ninth Keydet, and sixth VMI track and field athlete, to earn Academic All-American honors since the inception of the CoSIDA programs. The junior swept the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in all three track and field/cross country disciplines this season, winning the indoor and outdoor track honors as well as cross country, and becoming the first Big South runner to do so since the 2000-01 season. He continues to hold a litany of academic honors at the Institute, including multiple dean's list recognitions, and last year, he held the rank of Regimental Staff Sergeant in the VMI Corps of Cadets.
During last season, Willis enjoyed a particularly strong cross country season, just missing All-Big South honors at the conference championships with an 11th-place finish.
Willis is one of four runners from Virginia schools on the All-American squad, and is the only Big South runner represented. The entire CoSIDA release, including all three men's squads and the entire women's voting, is accessible to the left of this article.