Lauded runners include Thornton Township High School alumni
February 26, 2014 11:58AM
Updated: February 28, 2014 12:45AM
Three members of the Moraine Valley Community College women’s cross country team from Palos Hills earned 2013 Academic All-NJCAA honors from the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association for their outstanding work in the classroom.
Diana Dinh (Sandburg High School in Orland Park), Aileen Gorman (Marist High School in Chicago) and Maritza Najera (Thornton Township High School in Harvey) were recognized for academic achievement for the fall semester.
Dinh also earned the honor in 2012.
In addition, the women’s team earned the Academic All-NJCAA Team designation, ranking eighth among Division I colleges.
Joining Dinh, Gorman and Najera on the All-Academic Team were Amanda Gerzon (Stagg High School in Palos Hills), Amy Johnson (Sandburg) and Miranda Reyes (Queen of Peace High School in Burbank).
The Moraine Valley cross country program has fielded 39 Academic All-Americans/Academic All-NJCAA players since the program was reinstituted in 2000.
“These scholar-athletes are simply outstanding,” coach Mark Horstmeyer said. “They attend class full time, work part time and excel as athletes and students.
“Their performance on and off the field speaks highly of them. I am very proud of their achievement. It is a tremendous honor for them and Moraine Valley.”