St. Louis, Mo., August 4, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's track & field teams were each recognized with 2016 Division III All-Academic Team honors, while 13 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 3.53, which was tied for 22nd-highest GPA among the 175 NCAA Division III women's track & field programs who earned the honor. The WashU men's cumulative GPA of 3.48 ranked tied for ninth out of 112 Division III men's track & field programs recognized.
WashU 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, Emory University, New York University, the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester.
In addition, three individuals from the Washington University men's team and 10 members of the WashU women's team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Accolades. The WashU men were represented by juniors Deko Ricketts and Mike Sullivan and senior Joey Pasque.
Freshman Ellie Degen, sophomores Alison Lindsay, Annalise Wagner and Aly Wayne, juniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson, Daisy Ogede, Rebecca Ridderhoff, and seniors Lane Porter and Emily Warner and each received the honor for the women. Overall, 423 women from 129 institutions and 293 men representing 106 institutions received 2016 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.