AUSTIN, TEXAS – Armstrong State’s Henning Schein and Montevallo’s Cheyenne Thompson were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans on Thursday. The awards are selected by the Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and are widely regarded as the highest honor a student-athlete can receive.
Schein becomes the first Academic All-American in program history; earning a spot on the third team for carrying a 3.95 GPA in rehabilitation sciences. The Vellmar, Germany, native ran his way into Armstrong State history by becoming the Pirates' first individual NCAA Championships qualifier in 2016, running fifth at the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Montevallo in a school-record time of 30:37.61 over the 10k course, smashing the all-time 10k record at Armstrong State by more than two minutes
He then placed 114th out of 248 runners at the national championships in November. Schein earned All-Region, All-Peach Belt Conference, PBC All-Academic Team honors this season for the Pirates and is the first three-time All-Conference and All-Region runner in Pirate men's cross country history.
"Henning's accomplishments with his running and academics are a direct reflection of his work ethic and expectations," Armstrong State head cross country coach Michael Sergi said.
"He's an outstanding individual. When the Savannah athletic and running community reflect on Armstrong State men's cross country and distance running for that matte,r they will remember what Henning Schein has accomplished for this program. He may be the fastest collegiate runner to ever come out of Savannah, Georgia. Henning is certainly one of the brightest student-athletes to compete at the college level in any sport in Savannah."
Schein is the 26th and final CoSIDA Academic All-American honoree in Armstrong State University history. The first was baseball player Chris Milisits in 1993 and four baseball players, one volleyball player, 11 women's soccer players, three women's tennis players, one men's tennis player and five softball players have been honored by the organization.
Thompson becomes the first PBC track and cross country runner to earn the award three times.
A Chelsea, Alabama native who completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, she was named the PBC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in May.
Thompson capped her senior season by being named the Peach Belt Conference Track Athlete of the Year for the second time in her collegiate career. Thompson was also named an NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region selection and an All-Peach Belt Conference selection in both women’s cross country and women’s track and field this season.
Thompson capped the year by claiming individual titles in the women’s 1,500-meter run and the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, while finishing runner-up in the women’s 5,000-meter run, at the Peach Belt Conference Track and Field Championship.
Thompson helped Montevallo repeat as Peach Belt Conference and NCAA Division II Southeast Region Champions during cross country season in the fall of 2016 as the Falcons claimed both championships for the third consecutive year. Thompson claimed the individual title in the Peach Belt Conference Championship in women’s cross country with the third-fastest time in championship event history.
She also helped the Falcons advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship for the third year in a row, while also competing as an individual following her freshman season.
Thompson was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team in both cross country and track and field.