Middlebury graduate Alison Maxwell '15 (Port Angeles, Wash.) added another accolade to her resume when she was named one of three female Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division III by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Middlebury track and field teams were also honored by the organization for their work in the classroom. The men were one of 99 to become a Division III All-Academic Track & Field Team, earning a grade point average of 3.10 or better, posting the nation's third-highest cumulative team GPA of 3.50. The women were tied for 20th out of 170 teams that earned the honor with a 3.55 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 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 in a relay event.
For the women, nine Middlebury individuals were recognized by the organization. The honorees included Carly Andersen '16 (Mercer Island, Wash.), Katie Carlson '15 (Princeton, Mass.), Paige Fernandez '17 (Oradell, N.J.), Sarah Guth '15 (Wilton, Conn.), Maxwell, Alexandra Morris '16 (London, U.K.), Erzie Nagy '17 (Albion, Maine), Summer Spillane '15 (Shelburne, Vt.) and Robin Vincent '18 (Sutton, Vt.).
On an individual basis for the men, a pair of Panthers in Lucas Carpinello '16 (Delmar, N.Y.) and Alex Nichols '17 (Brunswick, Maine) both received accolades.
The NESCAC tallied the highest number of men's teams as a conference with nine, while on the women's side the league posted the second-highest mark also with nine.