St. Louis, Mo., July 28, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program received multiple U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic honors, as announced by the association on Friday, including the WashU women sweeping the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Team of the Year Accolades and senior Deko Ricketts sweeping the Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Track Athlete of the Year Awards.
The WashU women's team finished the season with a cumulative grade point average of 3.55, which was tied for 21st out of 183 Division III programs, in addition to sweeping the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships. The men's team posted a 3.42 GPA, which was tied for 15th out of 111 programs to qualify with the minimum GPA of 3.00.
Ricketts earned the USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Athlete of the year after winning the 800-meter National Titles. He concluded his career with a 3.72 GPA while studying electrical engineering.
The women had 16 student-athletes earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors while 11 men earned the distinction.
Representing the women were seniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson, Annie Marggraff, Daisy Ogede and Rebecca Ridderhoff, juniors Alison Lindsay, Annalise Wagner, Aly Wayne and Audrey Western, sophomores Dominique Meyer and Heidi Nassos, and freshmen Nicky Althoff, Caitlin Cheeseboro, Anna Cossio, Elizabeth Hagstrom and Sara Mesiano all earned the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor.
Earning the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor on the men's side were seniors Ethan Brodeur, Conor Cashner, Ricketts and Mike Sullivan, juniors Thomas Gales and David O'Gara, sophomore Jason Singer, and freshmen Jon Fleming, Brandon Hutchison, Nick Matteucci and Eddie Wintergalen.
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.