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 posted the nation's second-highest cumulative grade point average of 3.68 out of 113 Division III All-Academic Track & Field Teams, just behind the California Institute of Technology (3.69). The women were fourth out of 184 programs that earned the honor with a 3.74 GPA, as teams must earn a GPA of 3.00 or better.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team as an individual, 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 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.
The organization honored 10 Panther men. Earning the accolade were recent graduates Jimmy Martinez (Maplewood, N.J.), John Natalone (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Jonathan Perlman (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) and Minhaj Rahman (Woodhaven, N.Y.). Joining them are rising seniors Arden Coleman (Burlingame, Calif.), Theodore Henderson (Cold Spring, N.Y.), Nicholas Hendrix (East Molesey, U.K.), Nathan Hill (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Will Meyer (Short Hills, N.J.), along with rising junior William Robertson (Summit, N.J.).
For the women, a total of 13 Middlebury individuals were recognized. The honorees included recent graduates Rory Kelly (Winnetka, Ill.), Lucy Lang (Lexington, Mass.), Katherine MacCary (Los Angeles, Calif.), Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) and Kreager Taber (Raleigh, N.C.). Also earning a spot on the list are rising seniors Alex Cook (Kenilworth, Ill.), Rebecca Gorman (Sudbury, Mass.) and Meg Wilson (Concord, Mass.).
Rising juniors Katie Glew (Wilmette, Ill.), Tasha Greene (Wynnewood, Pa.), Gretchen McGrath (Londonderry, N.H.) and Ava O'Mara (New York, N.Y.), along with rising sophomore Cassie Kearney (Rockland, Mass.) round out the recipients.