WORCESTER -- WPI graduate students Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME) and Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) have been honored as NCAA Division III Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-Americas as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Thomas was selected for a third straight season and earned first team praise for a second consecutive year while Steeves and Gaudette were both tabbed to the second team.
It marks the 98th, 99th and 100th occasion a WPI student-athlete has earned Academic All-America honors and Steeves and Gaudette becomes the 66th and 67th individuals to claim the award. The trio, along with the four women that were recognized on Tuesday, total 26 awardees for 14-year director Brian Chabot and 29 overall for the programs.
The seven honorees this year is also a program high. Additionally, the seven track & field and cross country Academic All-Americas announced on Tuesday and Wednesday gives WPI 13 for the 2021-22 academic year, blasting by the old record of seven in a year set in 2016-2017 and equaled in 2019-20.
Thomas joins Ben Gilde (Men's Soccer), Celena Dopart (Field Hockey), Kelly Johnson (2x Field Hockey and Softball), Corre Steele (Women's Rowing), Hope Shevchuk (2x Field Hockey and Softball), Jack Bauer (Men's Swimming and Diving), Lou Duh (Football) and Sydney Packard (Women's Track & Field/Cross Country) as one of nine to be honored as an All-America three times and along with Mike Pockoski (Men's Track & Field), Lindsay Gurska (Softball) and Katherine Pawlak (Women's Swimming and Women's Track & Field), Dopart, Bauer, Duh, and Packard as WPI's only multiple-time first team awardees.
Thomas, who has built a strong collection of accolades throughout the 2021-22 campaign, finished his student-athlete career at WPI with a 3.88/4.00 GPA in mechanical engineering and is a four-time Academic All-NEWMAC honoree alongside Steeves and Gaudette. Just last week, Thomas was named the inaugural NEWMAC Student-Athlete of the Year recipient.
In the 110-meter hurdles, the Goffstown, NH native repeatedly rewrote his own records marking some of the fastest times in all of NCAA DIII clocking a 14.20 time just last month at the MIT Final Qualifier before earning his fifth career All-America honor and putting a final touch on his stay in Worcester at second overall among men in All-America nods, behind only WPI Hall of Famer, and seven-time All-American, Mike Pockoski '99.
Steeves, computed a 3.90/3.86 GPA throughout undergraduate and graduate studies in mechanical engineering and a humanities and arts component of 2D Design to 3D Sculpture along with being a part of the Tau Beta Pi fraternity and a member of the WPI Formula SAE Team.
This year's conference Track Athlete of the Year clinched a trip to Geneva for the NCAA championship meet after taking home the 1500-meter race and claiming All-NEWMAC honors in the 800m before finishing second in the same event at the DIII New England meet improving his own school record at the All-New England meet for another second-place finish.
Gaudette, a biomedical engineering major and mechanical engineering minor, calculated a 3.96/4.00 GPA in the classroom. Gaudette, who was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society and Alpha Etu Mu Beta, the biomedical engineering honor society, as he earned his bachelor's degree with high honors.
The biomedical engineering major from Holden was an All-Region honoree in the fall for cross country earning a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships where the men's crew earned the bid as a team for the first time in program history.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)