St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland cross country runner Matt Flyr (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) earned a spot on the 2016 Academic All-District® Division III Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). CoSIDA announced teams representing eight districts on Thursday afternoon.
Flyr was part of a 13-person team representing District 2, which is comprised of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
He was one of five male student-athletes from the Capital Athletic Conference to land the honor as Christopher Newport University's Zachary Campbell (District 5) and Robert Graham and Frostburg State University's JR Lowery and Collin Schultz (District 2) also made the team.
The 5-6 senior now advances to the Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in late June.
Flyr graduated on May 14 as the class valedictorian with a Bachelors of Art in Economics and a 4.0 cumulative grade point average for summa cum laude honors.
He made the school's Dean's List every semester, which awards those students who earn a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on all courses attempted with at least 12 credit hours taken for a letter grade. Flyr has been named a St. Mary's Scholar twice as well; an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors who have earned at least 32 credit-hours and whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 or better.
Flyr was also inducted into three national honor societies on campus – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors; Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society; and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the world's largest academics honor society in economics.
A Nitze Scholar, he served as a St. Mary's Undergraduate Research Fellow during the summer of 2015 and received the Reynolds Economics Award as junior, which is given to the most outstanding junior or senior economics major. Along with helping his fellow student as an economics teaching assistant, Flyr chaired the St. Mary's Student Conduct Board and was a member of nationally-recognized Ethics Bowl Team.
He landed on the CAC All-Academic Team all four years and was named the 2015-16 St. Mary's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. This upcoming fall, Flyr will begin a master's program in agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University.
On the course, he was the team's No. 4 runner in his final campaign as a Seahawk, collecting three Top 30 finishes, including a season-best 23rd at the Coach Achtzehn Classic hosted by York College of Pennsylvania.
Twitter: @smcseahawks, @SMCMXC, #HawksFlyTogether