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2 Wofford athletes in running to become Rhodes scholars

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Rachel Woodlee (left) and Brian McCracken. (Wofford College) Rachel Woodlee (left) and Brian McCracken. (Wofford College)

Two student athletes at Wofford College are in the running to become Rhodes scholars.

Rachel Woodlee, of Greer, and Brian McCracken, of Anderson, are among a dozen people selected from the southern U.S., competing for a scholarship to the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Both McCracken, a member of the track-and-field team, and Woodlee, a volleyball player, will travel to St. Louis, MO, this weekend to compete against 200 others for a place in the 2013 Rhodes scholar class.

The Rhodes scholarship is the oldest and widely considered to be the most prestigious international fellowship award in the world.

Rhodes scholars are selected not only for their outstanding academic achievements, but also for their character, commitment to others and the common good and leadership qualities.

McCracken is a senior, seeking a double major in government and economics. He graduated from Westside High School in Anderson. Woodlee, who is also a senior, is majoring in business economics and Chinese. She graduated from Mauldin High School.

Wofford had a Rhodes finalist last year - Joseph McAbee, of Woodruff.

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