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Hobbs Named First Team GTE Academic All-America®

April 20, 1998


WALTHAM, Mass. Bentley College junior Jason Hobbs (Fryeburg, Maine/Fryeburg Academy), captain of the men's cross country team and an outstanding student, has been named to the GTE Academic All-America Men's Fall/Winter At-Large college division first team for his excellent performance in both the classroom and on the playing field. The selection was made by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Hobbs is Bentley's first first-team GTE Academic All-America since Kim Penwell earned the honor for women's basketball in 1992, and just the fourth first-team selection in the school's history. He's also the fifth member of the Bentley track and cross country program since 1986 to earn GTE Academic All-America honors.

Sports eligible for the men's fall/winter at-large team include cross country, soccer, swimming, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling and water polo.

Hobbs was a key runner on Bentley's Northeast-10 cross country championship team, finishing 10th to earn second team All-Conference honors after setting the pace in the beginning of the race. A few weeks later, Hobbs finished 34th, fifth best among all Northeast-10 runners, at the NCAA East Regionals where he ran as Bentley's number two man. His finish helped Bentley gain a ninth place finish, its best ever.

He capped off his indoor season by placing third in the 1,000 meters at the ECAC Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at Lehigh University. It was the highest finish by a Bentley athlete in the meet.

Hobbs came to Bentley as an unrecruited athlete. It was not until the spring of his senior year that he got in contact with head coach Ed Lyons to discuss his intent on coming to Bentley. "He joined the cross country and track team with a modest 4:54 in the mile and a 10:28 in the two mile and has improved his mile time to a 4:25 since coming here" said coach Lyons.

"Jason is an extremely hard worker in both the classroom and on the track" said coach Lyons. "This summer, he managed to work at a hotel 50-60 hours and still find time to run 60 miles in that same week". When asked about his leadership qualities, Lyons commented, "Although he is vocal, he leads more by his example than by his talking."

His success has been even greater in the classroom as Hobbs has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average in four of his five semesters at Bentley and has a cumulative GPA of 3.98, best in his class. The finance major intends on getting involved in financial planning and is currently choosing between two local financial institutions for his internship this summer.

This spring, Hobbs is running for the men's outdoor track team. This past weekend, he ran the 5,000 in a career-best time of 15:48 at a meet at Northeastern University, an improvement from a 16:14 a year ago. He was one of just four juniors selected to the 15-member first team, and one of three Northeast-10 Conference athletes to be recognized, joining St. Michael's hockey player Michael Dupont and Merrimack soccer player Steve McAuliffe.

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