CWRU Cross Country Receives Team & Individual Academic Honors from USTFCCCA

CWRU Cross Country Receives Team & Individual Academic Honors from USTFCCCA

Case Western Reserve University cross country was recognized on both the team and individual level for their academic success during the 2016 season by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Both the Spartan men and women were named 2016 Division III All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA.  The CWRU men's team's grade point average of 3.61 was tied for the seventh-best among the 173 NCAA Division III teams to be recognized with the award, while the women's GPA of 3.67 was tied for the 14th-best among the 216 DIII women's squads.

For a team to be considered for the award, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet, and have a minimum combined grade point average of 3.10 on a 4.00 scale.

In addition, six CWRU runners were among the 664 Division III athletes to receive a USTFCCCA Individual Academic award, presented to cross country runners who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) and finished in the top-25 percent at an NCAA Regional Championship.

Five members of the men's team – senior Galen Caldwell, sophomore James De La Cruz, juniors Aidan DeSanto and Sam Merriman and freshman Luke Robbins – and one member of the women's team – junior Danielle Kulpins – received Individual Academic Honors.  CWRU was one of just 15 NCAA Division III men's teams and just two University Athletic Association squads (along with Washington University) to have five or more players receive the honor.

The Spartans will open their 2017 season on Friday, September 1st, when they play host to the annual Sudeck Sunset Classic Stampede at the Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley, Ohio.