CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three runners from the MIT men's and women's cross country teams were recently honored with All-Academic accolades from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Seniors Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) and Stephen Serene (Washington, D.C.) were recognized on the men's side while sophomore Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) was the lone honoree from the women's team.
In addition to the individual recognition, both the men's and women's squads were tabbed as All-Academic by the USTFCCCA for their collective success both on the cross country trails and in the classroom.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better.
Harper was the top Tech finisher at the New England Division III championship last fall, placing 12th overall. Harper went on to compete at the national championship, finishing in 64th place. Serene was 15th at the regional championship as MIT took sixth as a team.
de Geus was 32nd in the women's New England Division III meet, earning all-region accolades for the second straight year.
The USTFCCCA recognized 141 men and 183 women as All-Academic recipients for the 2011 season.