NEW ORLEANS – Academic recognitions continue to roll in for the American University cross country program, as both the men and women were selected as All-Academic Teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
To be eligible for an All-Academic award, a team must have started at least five runners at an NCAA Division I Regional cross country meet and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
The men's team closed the semester with a 3.34 cumulative GPA, while the women put up a department-high with a 3.65. This is the second consecutive All-Academic award for both teams, and the second for the men since 2012. Last year was the first USTFCCCA recognition for the women's team since the award started in 1995.
The women are coming off yet another record-breaking semester in the classroom after they posted a single-semester department record with a 3.77 GPA in the fall. Leading the way were a pair of 4.00 efforts from junior Emily Houghton (psychology) and sophomore Shelbi Wuss (biochemistry).
Eight other student-athletes closed with a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher with senior Kassidy Ayres (psychology), senior Brianna Belo (health promotion management), junior Katelyn Deibler (international studies), freshman Clare Hernandez (international studies), freshman Elise Hooker (physics), senior Adriana Hooks (anthropology), junior Arianna Lopez (biochemistry), and senior Lucia Rose (law & society).
The men just missed on a record-high semester in the classroom, posting the second-highest GPA for the team with a 3.41, led by Patriot League Academic All-League honoree Matthew Rainey (CLEG). Five members of the men's squad closed with at least a 3.50 semester GPA with Rainey, junior Caleb Brown (applied mathematics), junior Gerard D'Ambrosio III (business administration), sophomore John Pagliaro (international studies), and senior Liam Purdy (health promotion management).
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