VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College's Kyle Chowhan and Darren Driscoll have both received 2013 Capital One Academic All-District 5 honors in cross country and track and field from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
It is the second consecutive Capital One/CoSIDA accolade for both Marlin standouts and the third overall for Chowhan, a May graduate. Both athletes are now eligible for Academic All-Ameria honors, which will be announced later this month.
Chowhan (Flanders, N.J./Roxbury), a third team Capital One Academic All-American in 2012, graduated Summa Cum Laude as a double major in History and Social Sciences History. He was an eight-time Dean's List honoree and recorded four 4.00 semesters en route to a final 3.95 grade point average. He was an Honors & Sholars student and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership and scholarship honor society.
As an athlete, Chowhan was a standout pole vaulter for VWC for four years. He exited the program as the Marlins' record holder in both the indoor and outdoor events, clearing the bar at 14 feet, 7.5 inches indoor and at 14-7.25 outdoor. Chowhan's many meet accomplishments included a Mason-Dixon indoor championship in the vault in 2012.
Driscoll (Manassas, Va./Battlefield), a rising senior, will take a 3.96 GPA into his final year as a student-athlete at VWC. He has posted five semesters with a 4.00 GPA as a chemistry major. Driscoll is a two-time male recipient of the W.B. Shafer Scholar-Athlete award, honoring the student-athlete with the highest GPA, and the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic Conference's Scholar-Athlete in both indoor track and cross country. He was also named to the 2011 All-Academic team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
On the track, Driscoll extends a long line of standout VWC distance runners. He currently owns the Marlins' fifth (25:42) and seventh (26:02) fastest times in the 8K race. In indoor track, Driscoll is VWC's record holder in the 3K (8:46.37) and as a member of the distance medley relay (10:34.09), which set an ODAC championship meet record.
CoSIDA began the Academic All-America in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Capital One Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.
Virginia Wesleyan is a member of District 5 which includes NCAA and NAIA colleges and universities from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.