Clayton State places two on Capital One Division II Academic All-District for men’s cross country/track and field
MORROW, Ga. – May 31, 2012 – The Capital One Division II Academic All-District teams for men's cross country and track and field were released on Tuesday, and Clayton State had two athletes earn honors for 2012.
Selected Capital One Division II Academic All-District from District 3 from Clayton State was Russell Lawless and Robert Spezzacatena. With these All-District selections, both Lawless and Spezzacatena are now eligible for Capital One Division II Academic All-American honors. This marks the first year that the Capital One Academic All-American program, which is run by CoSIDA, has split into separate divisions (Division I, II, III, NAIA and Junior College).
Lawless, a sophomore from Richmond Hills, Ga., was a USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association) Division II Outdoor All-Region selection in three events this season, becoming the first Laker to accomplish that feat. He was selected in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 1,500-meter run and the 800-meter run. It was the steeplechase where Lawless truly excelled. The first Clayton State athlete to compete in the event in more than six seasons, Lawless set the school record with a time 9:41.94 at the Division II Southeast Regional.
He placed second in the event twice this season.
In the classroom, Lawless has a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average, and was selected Peach Belt Conference All-Academic in men's cross country this past season. In addition, he was also a Peach Belt Presidential Scholar recipient last season and has been selected to the Dean's List at Clayton State.
Spezzacatena, a senior from North Bergen, N.J., lettered four seasons in track and field at Clayton State. He participated in a wide range of events from the distance runs to relays and the long jump. Academically, Spezzacatena graduated this month with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a cumulative 3.90 GPA.
He was a two-time recipient of the Barfield Award, recognizing the top male scholar-athlete at Clayton State, and has been a three-time Peach Belt Presidential Scholar recipient. In addition, Spezzacatena was selected to the Dean's List on multiple occasions during his time at Clayton State.