BUENA VISTA, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) announced Monday the 2019-20 VaSID Academic All-State honors with six Southern Virginia University student-athletes earning the award.
The honor roll was comprised of 222 student-athletes from 37 schools. The Knights were represented by Skyler Cloward (Football), Cole Critchfield (Baseball), Michael Myers (M. Cross Country), Grace DeGruccio (Field Hockey), Tori Wescott (W. Soccer), and Cory Stout (W. Basketball).
Cloward made program history as the first to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District honors. He produced a stellar grade-point average as a Family & Child Development major. Cloward provided consistency and leadership on the Southern Virginia defensive line. The Grantsville, Utah, native led the d-line in tackles (50) while finishing fifth on the team. He added three tackles for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery in his final season.
Critchfield was recently named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District Teams, both becoming program's firsts. He finished his senior season leading the team in hits (21), doubles (six), and batting average (.389). The Star Valley, Wyoming, native graduated with a degree in computer science while also elevating the University's athletics brand by generating eye-catching visual graphics for social media and was a four-time Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) All-Academic recipient.
Myers, a business major, became the program's first to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. He thrived inside the classroom and on the cross country courses in his final season with the Knights. The Medford, Oregon, native was named for the second consecutive season to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. Myers earned CAC Men's Runner of the Year after winning the program's first individual title at the CAC Championships. He then followed up with the program's highest finish (6th) at the South/Southeast Regional Championships and qualified for nationals, also a program first. He placed 98th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships with a time of 25:26.6 on the 8k course.
DeGruccio is a psychology major, adds Academic All-State honors alongside her impressive 2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction Team and the 2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad honors. She played goalkeeper and defense for the Knights setting a season-high nine saves at Sewanee in fifteen minutes of play.
Wescott was named to the 2019 All-CAC Second Team following a strong sophomore season. She ended the 2019-20 soccer season as the Knights' leader in points (10) and goals (5). She posted a career-high two goals in a 3-2 win on the road at York College (Pa.) for Southern Virginia's first CAC win of the season. The Melbourne, Florida, native shined throughout the year, starting for the Knights in multiple positions. She is pursuing a degree in business.
Stout graduated with a degree in business following a successful four-year career with the Knights. In addition to strong performance in the classroom, Stout will leave as the program's Division III era's record holder in assists (310) while finishing second in assists per game (3.4). In her final season, she played in 25 games starting 21, averaging 4.6 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists. She set a career-high with eight assists this season at Eastern Mennonite.