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Hickey, O'Brien Named to All-ACC Academic Men's Cross Country Team

Feb. 26, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Matt Hickey and Phillip O’Brien were named to the 2009 All-ACC Academic men’s cross country team on Friday as announced by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Hickey, a senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., earns the ACC academic honor after posting a 3.57 GPA this past semester and a 3.84 cumulative GPA during his career as an mechanical engineering major.

On the course this season, Hickey had the best finish of Tech runners at the NCAA South Region Championships (57th) to lead the Jackets to an 11th place finish. He also finished 15th overall at the Great American Cross Country Festival to pace the Jackets to a 3rd place finish.

O’Brien, a sophomore also from Lawrenceville, Ga., posted a 3.23 GPA this past semester as an industrial engineering major. O’Brien’s cumulative GPA is 3.14.

In competition, O’Brien posted his best time of the 2009 season at the ACC Championships at 25:23, helping the Yellow Jackets to an eighth place finish. The finish was the best for Tech at the ACC Championships in five years.

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