Track Has Pair Of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

ATHENS, Ga. — Bulldog distance runner Jessica Drop and Georgia sprinter Matthew Boling have been named to CoSIDA Academic All-America teams, according to a CoSIDA announcement.
Drop, a native of Durham, Conn., turned her third straight All-District selection into her second Second Team All-America selection in a row.  Boling, a native of Houston, Texas, was included as a Third Team selection after completing his first full indoor and outdoor campaign in Athens.
The Bulldogs had a First Team Academic All-American for four consecutive years from 2015-18, including Bowerman winner and two-time Olympian Keturah Orji who was a three-time honoree (2016-18).  In 2015, Brandon Lord was a First Team Academic All-American to start the aforementioned streak while former NCAA decathlon champion and two-time Olympian Maicel Uibo was also Second Team All-American that year.  Georgia had a pair of First Teamers in 2016 as Orji and former NCAA high jump champion Leontia Kallenou garnered the awards.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. 
Drop, whose twin sister Samantha has run alongside her at Georgia since the 2016 fall cross country season, has a 3.90 GPA and is majoring in Cellular Biology.  The 2020 Southeastern Conference Indoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year was also named the 2021 SEC Brad Davis Community Service Leader of the Year.  Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Drop was a six-time All-American distance runner for the program who owns school records in the outdoor 5000 meters as well as the indoor 3000m and 5000m.
Drop built momentum from a victory at the 2021 Razorback Invitational and finished sixth in the 3000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships to help her team take fifth overall.  In addition to setting a school indoor 3000m record (9:03.29), Drop also moved to No. 3 on the UGA all-time top-10 list in the mile with a 4:39.83.  Drop also advanced to the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5000m.
Boling, who is one of only three sophomores combined on the first, second and third Academic All-America teams, has a 3.37 GPA and is majoring in Marketing through his first two years.  While Boling was named the SEC Indoor Freshman Runner of the Year and was a 2020 NCAA indoor All-American before the season was stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, his second year proved to be even more sensational.  The 2021 SEC Indoor Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year shattered his own school record in the 200m (20.19) en route to winning the Bulldog men their first NCAA title in the event.  He was also on UGA’s 4x400m relay team that established a fresh No. 1 all-time UGA mark and took fourth at Nationals.
Outdoors, Boling scored in both the 100m and the 200m at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships and anchored the Bulldog 4x100m relay that was the national runner-up to help Georgia eighth at the meet.  During his first outdoor season (2020 outdoor season was canceled), the SEC Newcomer of the Year set school records in both the 200m (20.06) and 4x100m relay (38.54) and shot to No. 5 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list in the 100m with a wind-legal 10.15.


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August 13, 2021

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