Palmer and Cohen Named to C-USA All-Academic Team

Dec. 10, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Senior Allison Palmer (Oviedo, Fla.) and sophomore Ocean Cohen (Sarasota, Fla.) have both been named to the Conference USA Cross Country All-Academic Second Team, the conference office announced Wednesday. Palmer, a senior mathematics education major with minors in both math and Spanish, has a 3.52 cumulative grade point average in her time at UCF. She has been a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

On the course, after sitting out the 2007 season with an injury, Palmer had a terrific senior season for the Knights. In the team's second meet, Palmer claimed first-place at the Black & Gold Invitational, leading UCF to the team title. In her final meet of her career at the NCAA South Region Championships, Palmer set a 6K personal best with a time of 23:32.01.

Cohen, a sophomore majoring in biology, has a 3.618 grade point average. She had a breakout season for the Knights, participating in each of the team's eight meets. Cohen had her best finish of the season at the FLRunners.com Invitational, earning third place with a time of 18:36.27.

"I am very excited they made the Conference USA All-Academic Team in cross country," said head coach Caryl Smith Gilbert. "They are both very hard workers on both the course and in the classroom. I hope we can continue the great tradition of academic excellence in both indoor and outdoor track and field next semester.

Allison and Ocean always express how important academics are, and it is nice to have them on our team because they provide leadership academically. It is a well-earned honor for both of them, and I commend them on this achievement."

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