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story.lead_photo.caption Lady Mulerider Carley Hale (center), competing in a meet this season, was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District 7 First Team. She has a 4.0 grade point average.

Southern Arkansas women’s cross country/track and field athlete Carley Hale recently received another impressive honor. The classroom junior carries a 4.0 grade point average in Art & Design/Media & Marketing. She became the latest Mulerider student-athlete to be named a Google Cloud Academic All-District 7 First Team selection which was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The newest academic accolade for Hale is added to a resume that includes being named a 2019 Great American Conference Women’s Track & Field Elite Scholar-Athlete, a 2018 GAC Fall All-Academic selection and a two-time member of the SAU women’s cross country team which has been named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in back-to-back seasons (2017, 2018).

At the third-annual “Mulespy” Awards Show, Mulerider Athletics’ end of the year production to honor its student-athletes, Hale was lauded as the Murphy USA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year; the highest institutional academic honor that can be bestowed upon a student-athlete.

In addition to her academic achievements, Hale was just as impressive athletically this past year as the women’s cross country team captain finished as the squad’s top runner in six of seven meets last fall, which included a pair of Top 10 finishes, on her way to garnering All-GAC Second Team honors.

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