The Middlebury cross country teams were honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their work in the classroom. The Panther women compiled a 3.47 team grade point average, while the men finished with a 3.42 GPA.
Individually, a total of 11 Middlebury student-athletes, seven women and four men, were recognized as Division III Scholar Athletes by the organization. To earn the award, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater and must have finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships.
On the women's side, seniors Nikki Schachman (New City, N.Y.), Katherine Tercek (Los Angeles, Calif.), Adrian Walsh (Bozeman, Mont.) along with juniors Emma DeCamp (Washington, D.C.) Erzsie Nagy (Albion, Maine), Sasha Whittle (New York, N.Y.) and rookie Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) were lauded for their efforts in the classroom. The Panther women finished with a third-place effort at the NCAA Regional hosted by Connecticut College, and a week later finished eighth at the NCAA Championship in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
For the men who were sixth at the regional and 24th at the NCAA meet in Wisconsin, seniors Sam Cartwright (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Sebastian Matt (New Albany, Ohio) along with junior Brian Rich (Concord, Mass.) and rookie Connor Evans (Amherst, Mass.) picked up individual academic laurels.