ATLANTIC — Claflin University captured seven Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) team academic awards as announced by the league office on Thursday, June 15.

The Panthers captured team awards in men's cross-country, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's track and field, women's track and field and softball. The seven team awards were the most of all SIAC institutions.

"This is the second time in three seasons that we have had the most team awards of all institutions, which shows the student-athletes understand the importance of academics in addition to succeeding in their respective sport,” athletics director Dr. Jerome Fitch said. “This is a huge honor for the University and the athletics program.”

In addition, the Panthers had 15 student-athletes to earn SIAC All-Academic Team honors, with three maintaining a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Earning the honors were Javan Francis and Stephon Clunis (men’s cross-country and men’s track and field); Trisana Fairweather (women’s cross-country and women’s track and field); Jhi Piper-Murles, Courtney Taylor, and Alycia Perez-Johnson (Volleyball); Nick Drobnjak (Men's Basketball); Joclyn Ramos (Women's Basketball); Brandi Taylor, Ishawn Francis, Makayla Jackson (women’s track and field); Shaquille Shaw (men’s track and field); Kayla Sanderson, Jamelah Thomas, LaKaylin Lee (Softball).

Clunis, Fairweather and Javan Francis all have a 4.0 GPA.

All total, 443 student-athletes were named to the 2016-17 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Commissioner's All-Academic Team for maintaining a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Student-athletes with a 3.2 or higher GPA were considered for all-academic team honors. The number of student-athletes selected in each sport is determined by the number of positions usually involved in that sport. Seventeen student-athletes from 11 institutions recorded a 4.0 GPA.

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