The Middlebury track and field teams were recently honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their work in the classroom. The men were one of 111 to become a Division III All-Academic Track & Field Team, earning a grade point average of 3.0 or better, tying California Institute of Technology for the nation's highest cumulative team GPA of 3.62. The women were sixth out of 183 teams that earned the honor with a 3.63 GPA.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards. He or she must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, or they must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 35 in a relay event.
For the women, a total of 10 Middlebury individuals were recognized by the organization. The honorees included Paige Fernandez '17 (Oradell, N.J.), Maddie Pronovost '17 (Brookline, Mass.), Catie Skinner '17 (Philadelphia, Pa.), Sasha Whittle '17 (New York, N.Y.) and Devon Player '18 (Phoenixville, Pa.). Rounding out the recipients are Lucy Lang '19 (Lexington, Mass.), Abigail Nadler '19 (Chicago, Ill.), Talia Ruxin '20 (Lexington, Mass.), Anna Willig '20 (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Meg Wilson '20 (Concord, Mass.).
The organization also honored nine Panther men. Earning the accolade were Alex Nichols '17 (Brunswick, Maine), James Mulliken '18 (Westport, Conn.) and Kevin Serrao '18 (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.). Alfred Hurley '19 (New York, N.Y.), Jimmy Martinez '19 (Maplewood, N.J.), Jonathan Perlman '19 (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), Arden Coleman '20 (Burlingame, Calif.), Nicholas Hendrix '20 (East Molesey, U.K.) and Nathan Hill '20 (Hinsdale, Ill.) complete the list.
The NESCAC had eight women's teams make the list for their hard work in academics, while seven men's teams found a spot on the list.