St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 10, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's cross country teams had 10 individuals earn NCAA Division III All-Academic honors for the 2016 season, and both teams were recognized with All-Academic Team status, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The WashU women were one of 216 women's teams recognized with All-Academic Team honors, finishing with a cumulative team GPA of 3.58. The WashU men posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.57 to be one of 173 men's programs to earn the honor.
Both the women and men had five individuals earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. Senior Kimberly Johnson and junior Alison Lindsay earned the honor for the third year in a row, while juniors Aly Wayne and Ellie Degen repeated as selections from 2015. Freshman Elizabeth Hagstrom earned the All-Academic honor for the first time in her career.
On the men's side, junior David O'Gara earned the All-Academic honor for the second time in his career, while senior Dillon Williams, junior Kirby Simon, sophomore Kyle Cepeda and freshman Nick Matteucci earned the award for the first time in their respective careers.
In order to qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, a team must have a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.10 through the fall semester. USTFCCCA All-Academic honors are given to individuals who have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and who placed in the top 25 percent at their respective NCAA Regional Championships. A total of 374 student-athletes representing 216 teams earned All-Academic status on the women's side, while 290 male student-athletes from 173 teams were honored.