St. Louis, Mo., May 23, 2019 -- Junior Nick Matteucci of No. 5 Washington University in St. Louis, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
Matteucci, majoring in chemical engineering, currently carries a 4.00 GPA. He was presented with the award during the sport banquet on Wednesday evening in Geneva, Ohio. Matteucci will compete in multiple events during nationals as he qualified in both the 1,500 and 5,000. He was also the recipient of the Elite 90 honor during the 2018 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships and is just the third WashU student-athlete to win the honor twice. The selection is the 12th time in WashU history a Bear has won the award which is second in Division III since the program's inception in 2009-10.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
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