New Orleans, LA --- The WPI men's and women's cross country teams were named to the Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams.
The men's squad ranked 39th with a 3.6 team GPA standing second in the NEWMAC behind MIT and ahead of Springfield, Wheaton (MA), and Babson. WPI noted four individuals listed as one-of-two NEWMAC teams acknowledged with All-Academic Athletes.
The women were 55th with a 3.7 team GPA for all of NCAA Division III cross country programs marking one-of-nine NEWMAC teams to be honored with the sixth-highest team GPA in the conference ahead of Wheaton (MA), Coast Guard, and Babson. A total of five Engineers were recognized by the USTFCCCA tying with Wellesley and Smith amongst the NEWMAC individual All-Academic Athletes, ahead of Mount Holyoke (4) and behind MIT (6).
For the men in Crimson and Gray, graduate Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) received his third award in the past four seasons. Junior David Reynolds (Andover, NH) notched his second honor while sophomore Jarrett Gulden (Walpole, ME) marked his first nod on the list alongside graduate Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME). All the listed Engineers were participants in the NCAA 2021 Division III Cross Country Championships as the first-ever team participant.
On the women's side graduate Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) added her fourth honor in her career with WPI and junior Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) noted her second award in three seasons. Juniors Elise Deshusses (Chapel Hill, NC), Kaylee Gladu (Woonsocket, RI), and Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayuna, NY) all received their first honors from USTFCCCA. Deshusses and Kokernak represented WPI as individual qualifiers in the NCAA 2021 Division III Cross Country Championships this past November in Louisville, Kentucky.
Overall, there were 248 men from 91 different institutions and 203 women from 105 different institutions who were named All-Academic Athletes for their efforts during the 2021 season. To qualify for All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 percent of their respective regional championship meet. For a team to be considered, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.