CWRU Track & Field Teams and Five Individuals Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

CWRU Track & Field Teams and Five Individuals Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

Both the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track and field teams, along with five individual team members, were recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic achievements during the 2018 season.

The men's and women's squads each secured All-Academic Team awards, presented to teams with a 3.00 or higher combined cumulative grade point average.  The CWRU men ended the year with a team cumulative 3.47 grade point average, the 12th-highest among NCAA Division III teams, while the CWRU women's 3.67 team cumulative GPA was tied for the fifth-best among Division III teams.  A total of 291 teams were honored for their academics by the USTFCCCA, including 185 women's squads and 106 men's teams.

Individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees from Case Western Reserve, who qualified by recording a GPA of 3.30 or higher and either competing in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finishing the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event, included senior Sam Merriman of the men's team, and junior Shannon Carroll, senior Nimi Gupta, senior Danielle Kulpins and senior Cassandra Laios of the women's team.

Merriman ended his CWRU career with a 3.913 cumulative grade point average, while ranking 21st among Division III athletes in the indoor 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:36.89 at the UAA Championships.  

Carroll completed her junior year with a 3.404 cumulative GPA, and was 43rd in the outdoor heptathlon, recording a score of 4,186 after competing in the event for the first time at the Gregory Final Qualifier.  

Gupta was ranked 26th in the outdoor hammer throw (50.48m) and 48th in the indoor weight throw (15.57m) in 2018, graduating with a 3.883 GPA.

Kulpins graduated with a 3.973 GPA, and placed 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, after qualifying for the meet with a mark of 10:40.17, the fourth-best in Division III during the year.  In addition, she finished 27th in the indoor 5,000-meter run (17:21.30) and 44th in the outdoor 5,000-meter run (17:23.40).

Laios has a 3.873 grade point average, and ended the indoor regular season ranked fifth among Division III competitors in both the shot put (14.09m) and weight throw (17.92m), before suffering a season-ending injury.

The USTFCCCA recognized a total of 408 men and 627 women across Division III as All-Academic honorees.