WUSTL Track & Field Teams Recognized with USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
St. Louis, Mo., July 24, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s track & field teams each ranked in the top-five in Division III for team GPA while earning 2013 Division III All-Academic Team honors, and a total of 13 WUSTL student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Washington U. women posted a cumulative GPA of 3.579, which ranked third among the 148 NCAA Division III women’s track & field programs who received USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors. On the men’s side, Washington University’s cumulative GPA of 3.457 ranked fifth out of 80 Division III programs named All-Academic Teams.
The men’s and women’s programs from four other University Athletic Association (UAA) members also received All-Academic Team recognition – Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago and University of Rochester. Rochester’s men also finished in the top-10 of the rankings, tying for seventh with a 3.43 team GPA.
Nine individuals from the Washington U. women’s team and four members of the WUSTL men’s team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. Those 13 individuals include: seniors Anne Diaz-Arrastia and David Hamm; juniors Nkele Davis, Anna Etherington, Moira Killoran and Kevin Sparks; sophomores Nick Alaniva, Lucy Cheadle, Melissa Gilkey, Drew Padgett and Claire Simons; and freshmen Bri Tiffany and Emily Warner. Cheadle, Etherington, Gilkey and Sparks also received the honor in 2012. A total of 12 other student-athletes from the UAA were also among the 363 women and 232 men who received 2013 Division III All-Academic honors.
In order to earn the distinction of being a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a program must have a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or higher. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team as an individual, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30, and have competed in the NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championships or finished the season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or in the top 25 in a relay event.