PHILADELPHIA – Wendy Hutchinson has been named Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women's Cross Country Performer of the Year, it was announced today in voting conducted by the sports information offices of the 28 institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Hutchinson graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and international studies, posting a 3.80 GPA as an undergraduate. She has since begun pursuing an MBA in management/finance, carrying a 4.0 GPA through her tenure as a graduate student.
The Dover, Pa. native crossed the finish line 15th (21:07, 6k) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on November 9, taking home all-region honors. A week later, she placed fifth (18:07.8, 5k) at the ECAC Championships to cap off her career.
Hutchinson finished 12th (18:18.6, 5k) at the Atlantic 10 Championships on October 27, earning all-conference recognition for the second consecutive season.
The A-10 recognized Hutchinson as an Academic All-Conference choice on November 7, the second consecutive year she received the nod.
Meghan McGlinchey joined Hutchinson on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area squad, giving La Salle dual representation on the list, the only school to boast the honor.
The senior became the first Explorer woman to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships since Rachel Papin in '07. She did so by clocking a 20:23 (6k) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on November 9, good for a runner-up finish. Two weeks prior, she posted a runner-up finish (17:03.3, 5k) at the A-10 Championships, leading La Salle to second place team finish.
McGlinchey has amassed a 3.32 GPA as a Speech Language Hearing Science major.
"Having two women named to the Philly-SIDA All-Academic Team is an outstanding honor," head coach Dan Ireland said. "Hutchinson's recognition as the Performer of the Year is very deserving as she works extremely hard on both her academics and her running. Both Hutchinson and McGlinchey had their best cross country seasons of their La Salle careers both in the class room and on the race course."
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