Thursday July 13, 2017
Geoffrey Carney-Knisely was recently selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Team. A native of South Burlington, he was voted to the third-team by the Academic All-America core program committee. Carney-Knisely joins a distinguished list of Academic All-America honorees at the College of Wooster and his selection marks the fifth time in the last seven years a member of the Fighting Scots’ cross country or track and field programs have earned the prestigious recognition. Overall, he is the 48th Wooster student-athlete to earn one of college athletics’ highest academic honors.
“Geoffrey is extremely committed in the classroom and in athletics, and he works very hard balancing out his academics with his running,” said head coach Dennis Rice. “He’s capable of achieving success in both areas, and his dedication carries over to the team concept, where he was voted team captain for the upcoming cross country season.”
Carney-Knisely, who sports a perfect 4.0 grade-point average heading into his senior year as a biochemistry and molecular biology and sociology double-major, excelled on and off the cross country course and track during his academic career. Outside of Wooster, he has worked with the infectious disease epidemiology department at the Vermont Department of Health. While there, he participated in CDC conference calls on management of the Zika virus and in Vermont’s statewide emergency management simulation.
A regular in Wooster’s top seven on the cross country course, Carney-Knisely turned in a 28:08.8 at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, where he was the fourth Scot across the finish line. On the track, the distance specialist logged a career-best time of 16:58.89 in the indoor 5000 meters this past winter at the Kenyon College Classic.