Seven Jeffs Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
Contact: Mike O'Brien
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Amherst College men’s and women’s track and field teams earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic team honors and a total of seven members from both squads received USTFCCCA All-Academic individual laurels for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments.
A total of 158 women’s teams and 93 men’s teams earned distinction for the All-Academic team honor as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or higher. The men’s team rounded out the year with the second highest team GPA in Division III with a mark of 3.55. They also topped the NESCAC, which led all conferences with eight member institutions earning recognition. On the women’s side, the Jeffs posted a team GPA of 3.34 and were among nine NESCAC institutions, the second most among DIII conferences.
Individually, to qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic team a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and have met either of the following athletic standards:
* Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
* Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-35 in an individual event or ranked in thenational top-25 in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
The men’s team was well represented with four Jeffs earning praise; Brent Harrison ’16 (3.44), Matt Melton ’14 (3.70), Romey Sklar ’15 (3.93) and Greg Turissini ’15 (3.51), while the women’s team was nearly just as impressive with three selections as Naomi Bates ’14 (3.34), Karen Blake ’17 (3.38) and Kiana Herold ’17 (3.54) all garnered recognition.