Cambridge, Mass. (May 29) -- Seven members of the MIT men's and women's track and field/cross country teams have been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Teams, selected by CoSIDA. The Academic All-District program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
For the men's side, All-District honorees include juniors Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) and Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.), along with senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.). The women had four Academic All-District honorees with sophomores Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) and Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.), junior Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany) and senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria).
Gilson, who earned the indoor track and field NCAA Elite 90 award this winter, is honored for the first time as an Academic All-District selection. A biological engineering major with a 5.0 GPA, Gilson earned All-American honors last weekend in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championship. Rosenkranz is being recognized for the first time as he has a 5.0 GPA as a computer science and electrical engineering major. In cross country, he was an All-Region and All-Conference runner who finished in 47th place at the NCAA Championship.
Ruschel is now a three-time Academic All-District performer who will graduate from MIT with a 4.9 GPA and a degree in mechanical engineering and computer science. He competed in the triple jump at the NCAA Championship last weekend, which marked his second NCAA outdoor appearance.
Bacher is a first-time honoree as she boasts a perfect 5.0 GPA and is an electrical engineering and computer science major. Melanson, who is a biological engineering major, is also a sophomore with a 5.0 GPA. Bacher competed this past weekend in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championship, while Melanson was an All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second time in as many seasons.
Zimmermann is now a two-time Academic All-District selection as the mechanical engineering major has a 5.0 GPA. A Third Team Academic All-American in 2017, she was a cross country All-American this season as she finished 30th at the NCAA Championship. Okonkwo is now a two-time Academic All-District honoree as the biological engineering major will graduate with a 4.9 GPA. In 2018, she was the NEWMAC long jump champion and a New England D3 All-Region performer. Okonkwo was a Second Team Academic All-American in 2017 as well.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in June.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools and other affiliations.
The Division II and III Google Cloud Academic All-America program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams.