MOORHEAD, Minn. (7/31/17)--- The Concordia men’s and women’s track and field teams both earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team honors as well as putting several individuals on the USTFCCCA Scholar All-Academic List.
The Cobber men’s team finished the year with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.36 while the women’s team finished in the Top 10 of the nation by compiling a 3.60 team GPA.
The Concordia women’s team extended their impressive record of team academic honors. The Cobbers earned their 62nd consecutive USTFCCCA team award in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track field. Concordia has earned the team distinction every season since head coach Marv Roeske took over the track and field program in 1995 and the cross country team in 1999.
In order to be in contention for Scholar Team of the Year, a program must finish highly at the respective national championship meet and have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA. A total of 294 teams (183 women’s, 111 men’s) were honored for their academics by the USTFCCCA.
The highest cumulative GPA of any team belonged to the women from Saint Vincent College. The Bearcats held down a GPA of 3.727 to edge Mount Holyoke College’s 3.72.
California Institute of Technology and Middlebury College tied for the men’s lead with cumulative GPAs of 3.62.
Joseph Hendrickson, Jackson Schepp and David Supinksi led the way for the men’s team as they all earned the individual Scholar All-Academic honor.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards: competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.
The Cobber women’s team had five individuals earn the USTFCCCA honor. Mikayla Forness, Bailey Hovland, Vanessa Johnson, Mandy Mercil and Emma Peterson all had GPAs over 3.30 and finished in the Top 50 of an individual event. Forness and Peterson both finished the season as All-Americans at the NCAA National Outdoor Meet.