New Orleans, La. - August 7, 2017 - The Springfield College men's and women's track and field teams were recently recognized for their dedication to academics, as they each earned the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team Award. Additionally, four student-athletes were recognized for their excellence in the classroom, and garnered All-Academic honors.
In order for a track and field team to earn the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award, it must produce a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.00 or better. Individually, student-athletes qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.30, competing at an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, or finishing the regular season ranked in the national top 50 in an individual event.
The Springfield College men's track and field team posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.339, which was the eighth-best mark among Division III teams competing in the New England region, and the second-best GPA among teams in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Also on the men's side, Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) and Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) earned individual recognition after impressive seasons with the Pride.
The women's track and field team at Springfield College posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.485, which was the ninth-best GPA among teams competing in the New England region, while it was also the fifth-ranked academic team in the NEWMAC. After standout performances at the NCAA Track and Field Championships this past season, Courtney Luscier (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Carly Markos (Wallkill, N.Y.) earned individual honors.
For the Pride, the 2017-18 season will begin with the Springfield College Season Opener, hosted in the Springfield College Field House on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m.