March 10, 2010

MIT Cross Country Squads Honored for Academic Achievement

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a season full of notable athletic success, both the MIT men’s cross country team, who captured its 12th consecutive conference title in the fall, and the women’s squad, which finished a program-best fifth at the NCAA Division III Championship, were honored for their accomplishments in the classroom last week. The teams each received the All-Academic Award from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), given to teams with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.10 that compiled a team score at the NCAA Regional Championship. In addition to the team awards, seven individual student-athletes garnered accolades from the USTFCCCA, including five by the women’s squad, matching the second highest total by any team in the nation.

The women’s cross country team captured the Division III New England crown for the first time in program history en route to its historic fifth-place showing at the National Championship. As a team, the Engineers recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.52. Tech’s individual All-Academic honorees were Katherine Eve, Alina Gatowski, Maria Monks, Tania Morimoto and Jacqui Wentz. Monks was one of 13 athletes nationally to record a 4.0 cumulative GPA. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA and must have finished among the top 35 at their respective NCAA Regional Championship meet.

On the men’s side, Tech garnered All-Academic Team honors with a 3.44 team GPA, after taking home a sixth-place finish, its best since 2003, at the Division III New England Championship. Hemagiri Arumugam and Paul Welle were also named to the All-Academic team individually.