ADA – East Central University men’s cross country and track & field junior Larry Filer has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Men’s Track/Cross Country Second Team, as selected by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Wichita Falls, Texas, native currently boasts a 4.00 GPA in biology and has been a standout on the Tigers cross country and track & field teams for the last three seasons. Filer continues his academic honors for 2017-18 after being named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 7 team (second-straight season) and ECU’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
This year he had a strong performance at the cross country championships before tragically falling due to injury. He rebounded quickly and had a highlight year in track & field, earning the ECU Male Track Athlete of the Year award.
Filer ended his season at the Oxy Invitational in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:12.28), missing all-region honors and a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships less than a second.
He also earned two All-GAC honors, finishing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meters and was named a 2018 GAC Track & Field Elite Scholar-Athlete. In 2016-17 he also claimed All-GAC Second Team honors.
He is one of three student-athletes from the Great American Conference to earn cross country/track & field Academic All-America honors this season, with two student-athletes from Harding earning a spot on one of the three 14-member teams.
Filer is the first student-athlete from ECU cross country/track & field teams to earn All-America honors and is the eighth for the Tigers in school history. He joins softball’s Emily Kennemer (2012 First); Autumn Suydam (2016 First/2015 Second; Mariah Ewy (2018/Third), soccer’s Deanna Rudasill (2016 Third), football’s Courtney Karner (2003 Second), Ashley Cardwell from women’s golf (Women’s At-Large 2013, Second) and baseball’s Nick Spini (2015 Second) as Academic All-Americans.
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