NEW ORLEANS – For the second consecutive year, both the men and women of the American University track & field program earned USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) All-Academic team awards while senior Liam Purdy earned his first career individual honor after a stellar final season in the red, white, and blue.
A total of 366 teams and 1,485 individuals, including 583 men, were honored by the USTFCCCA for the 2019 track & field seasons. To qualify for All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and either finished in the top-96 of the indoor rankings or participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Purdy became the ninth man in program history to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round after he closed the season ranked 36th in the east region for the 800-meter run with his personal record of 1:49.95 - the second-fastest time in AU history. The three-time Patriot League Champion earned the highest finish ever for an AU runner at the NCAA Prelims, placing 18th in the field after becoming the first Eagle to advance into the meet's quarterfinal round.
Purdy holds a 3.66 cumulative GPA in the health promotion management M.S. program after earning his B.S. in biology in 2017.
The women's team closed the year with a cumulative GPA of 3.61 while the men earned a 3.36 GPA. This is the second time in program history that both teams earned recognitions from the USTFCCCA for the track seasons in the same year.
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