Two Patriots Earn District III Academic All-America Honors
Posted: May 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
George Mason juniors Art Kulans and Ben Adlard were 2 of 11 players named to the District III Verizon Academic All-America first team for the University Division in the men’s spring at-large category, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced last week. George Mason was the only university in District III, which includes all Division I schools in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, to place more than one athlete on the team.
Kulans, a finance major, earns the honor for the second straight year. He helped guide the Patriots to a 17-9 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s (EIVA) Tait Division this season. A second-team All-EIVA and an EIVA All-Academic Team selection, Kulans led the Patriots with 3.43 kills, 1.30 digs, and 0.78 blocks per game. He has the highest GPA, 3.987, of any junior student-athlete. He has been named to both the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll all five semesters of college, and has earned a perfect 4.000 GPA in the last four consecutive semesters.
Majoring in integrated studies at George Mason with a 3.801 GPA, Adlard garners the honor for the first time in his career. One of the Patriots’ top golfers in 2001-02, Adlard participated in each of George Mason’s 11 tournaments, finishing second on the team with a 74.7 strokes per round average. Adlard has earned a spot on both the Dean’s List and the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll in each semester, and was also named a 2000-01 Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete.
To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.200 or higher cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. Members of the first team are now eligible for the national team, which will be announced in early June.