NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Amherst College men's & women's cross country teams and six individual team members garnered U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Team and Individual academic honors as recently announced by the organization.
In order to qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic team, squads must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.10 or better during the fall season and have compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet. Of the nine NESCAC schools honored, the men's program posted the best GPA in the conference (3.62), while the women's team impressed with a GPA of 3.47. Overall, there were 393 teams honored by the USTFCCCA, of which 215 were women's teams.
Individually, 682 student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors - with women accounting for 382 selections and men picking up 300 total nods. No program had more total individuals honored than Johns Hopkins, which brought home a staggering 17 distinctions.
Cosmo Brossy '19 (Art and Art History), Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 (Computer Science & Political Science), Tucker Meijer '19 (Film and Media Studies &English), Clark Ricciardelli '20 (Mathematics), and Kristian Sogaard '19 (Biology) constitute the Mammoths men's cross country student-athletes who received USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual honors, while Lela Walter '19 (Neuroscience) was the lone honoree on the women's side.
To earn individual distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and finish in the top 25 percent at their respective region.