NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Amherst College men's & women's cross country programs and eight individual team members were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) with academic accolades for their performances in the classroom and on the trails in 2019.
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, among other qualifiers.
Of the 10 NESCAC schools honored, the men's program owned the second-best GPA in the conference with a 3.66 mark, while the women's team posted an impressive 3.56 cumulative GPA. Overall, 384 programs were recognized by the USTFCCCA, with 172 men's teams and 212 women's teams claiming the distinction.
Individually, 687 student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades - with women accounting for 378 selections and men picking up 309 total nods. In order to qualify for individual All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must boast a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and have finished inside the top-25 percent at their respective regional championship meet.
On the men's side, Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 (Computer Science and Political Science), Jamie Mazzola '21 (Mathematics), Braxton Schuldt '21 (Neuroscience) and Keon Mazdisnian '23 (Undeclared) received individual USTFCCCA All-Academic praise, while Jenny Mazzella '20 (Economics), Sarah Gayer '21 (Bio Chem-Bio Physics), Isabella Landry '23 (Undeclared) and Sophia Wolmer '23 (Undeclared) constitute the women's team's individual selections.
Wrapping up the 2019 cross country season in November, the men's program closed out the year with a 23rd place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships, while the women's squad finished the fall with an eighth-place finish at the 54-team New England Championships.