St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 4, 2014 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams were each recognized with 2014 Division III All-Academic Team honors, while 10 individual 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's team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.54, which was tied for the 10th-highest GPA among the 158 NCAA Division III women's track & field programs who earned the honor. The WUSTL men's cumulative GPA of 3.45 also ranked tied for 10th out of 93 Division III men's track & field programs recognized.
Washington University was one of seven University Athletic Association (UAA) members to have both their men's and women's programs receive All-Academic Team honors. The Bears were joined on the lists by Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Chicago, Emory University, New York University and the University of Rochester.
In addition, six individuals from the Washington University men's team and four members of the WUSTL women's team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades. The Washington U. men were represented by senior Kevin Sparks (3.49); juniors Troy Makous (3.39), Drew Padgett (3.63) and Brendan Stone (3.83); sophomore James Fitzhugh (3.33); and freshman Deko Ricketts (3.76).
Senior Anna Etherington (3.67), and juniors Lucy Cheadle (3.78), Melissa Gilkey (3.34) and Claire Simons (3.65) each received the honor for the WUSTL women. Cheadle, Etherington, Gilkey and Sparks each earned All-Academic honors for the third year in a row, while Padgett and Simons were selected for the second straight year. Overall, 416 women representing 126 institutions and 276 men representing 100 institutions received 2014 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.