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Bahamian collegiate distance runner honored for academic success

  • Bahamian cross country runner Blair Major, second right, receives an academic achievement award from his school, Tuskegee University. Major was honored for having the highest GPA among his teammates. TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY

For The Nassau Guardian

Published: May 30, 2013

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Just over a month ago, Bahamian Blair Major, from the Tuskegee University cross country team, was honored with an academic achievement award for the highest grade point average (GPA) among his classmates.

With an overall GPA of 3.676, Major earned top honors among his peers for the 2012-2013 academic season. This award would compliment his season as a cross country runner at Tuskegee, in which he ran between 31-34 minutes in each of the eight kilometer (k) races that he participated.

The season began for Major at the University of West Georgia Invitational on September 22 in Carrollton, Georgia, where he placed 64th overall among the field of participants, with a time of 31:59.18. He later ran in two meets during the month of October, with a best place finish of 29th overall at the Thorobred Stampede at Kentucky State University on October 19. The season for Major ended at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Cross Country Championships held in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he placed 40th overall in the conference, with a time of 33:51.44.

During the year-end banquet, two of Tuskegee’s top football players were honored, as Drayton Florence and Frank Walker were saluted by getting their numbers retired by the Athletics Hall of Fame. Both players were recognized with special commemorative plates at the Tuskegee University Annual Awards Banquet, which was the same plate that Major earned with his academic achievement award.

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