New Orleans, La. (February 25) – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced its 2018 National Academic Awards as 11 individuals and the MIT men's and women's cross country teams were recognized.
For the men's team, the Engineers led the nation with an overall GPA of 3.78, while the women's team was for 13th overall at 3.71. For a team to be eligible for the Team Academic Award, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Overall this year, 393 teams were honored by the USTFCCCA, including 215 women's teams.
Individually, five men's runners were recognized as junior Josh Derrick (Winnetka, Ill.), senior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.), senior Alex Knapp (West Chester, Pa.), senior Josh Rosenkranz (Glencoe, Ill.) and junior Billy Woltz (Logan, Ohio) all qualified.
For the women, the Engineers were represented by junior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.), sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.), junior Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.), junior Jenna Melanson (La Center, Wash.), sophomore Emily Niu (Painted Post, N.Y.) and senior Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany).