NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) has landed four teams on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division III Cross Country All-Academic Teams list, as announced by the organization on Friday.
Elms College saw both their men’s and women’s team collect the award, while Southern Vermont College and Wheelock College both saw their women’s team honored. To be eligible for the accolade, a team’s roster must post a combined cumulative grade point average of at least 3.1 following the fall term and meet the NCAA criteria for cross country sponsorship (participation in no less than five meets with five runners competing in each of those events).
The Elms men’s squad, led by head coach Matt Dyer, posted a 3.74 GPA over the course of the fall, which was good for the second highest GPA on the men’s side, coming in just behind California Institute of Technology, who had a mark of 3.75.
The Elms women, also led by Dyer, posted a 3.73 GPA. Southern Vermont, led by head coach Jarrett Blankenship, posted a 3.67 GPA, and Wheelock, led by Wole Oke, posted a 3.32 GPA. The leader on the women’s side was Fontbonne University, who brought home a 3.94. Overall, there were 388 teams honored by the USTFCCCA. Of those teams, 221 of them were women’s programs and 167 of them were men’s.
The USTFCCCA is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. It represents thousands of coaching members encompassing NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA and NJCAA, as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.
For the full USTFCCCA release click HERE.
Portions of this release are courtesy of the USTFCCCA and Southern Vermont College.