New Orleans, LA --- Both the WPI Men's and Women's Track and Field Programs and a combined 14 student-athletes were recognized recently for their athletic and academic achievements by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Each squad earned All-Academic Team honors for a 13th straight season while the individuals were named All-Academic Athletes.
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: selected to compete in the 2020 NCAA Indoor Division III Championship, or 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.
NCAA qualifiers and USTFCCCA All-Americas Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA), Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) and Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) earned the individual distinction along with Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) of the Men's DMR and Grace Hadley (Goleta, CA), Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA), Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) and Packard of the Women's DMR. Others to pick up the honor were Malek ELShakhs (Storrs, CT), Nichols Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) and Andrew Sifferlen (Sudbury, MA) from the men's team and Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) and Janelle Knight (Goleta, CA) of the women's program.
For a team to be recognize, its cumulative team GPA of all student-athletes who used a season of eligibility must be at least a 3.1 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2020 semester/quarter.
On the men's side, the Engineers recorded a 3.50 GPA were fifth overall with eight individuals honored while the women boasted a team GPA of 3.58 in being one of 209 programs recognized.