July 28, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University track & field program picked up 11 academic honors as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its annual list of all-academic teams and individual student-athletes on Thursday. Following another successful season on the track, 11 student-athletes picked up all-academic honors while the women's team was named all-academic.
To be named an individual all-academic standout by the USTFCCCA, a student-athlete must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher and have met either of the following athletic standards:1) for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 46 (collective listing) in a relay event or 2) for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships, including preliminary rounds.
On the women’s side, nine Hoyas took home the honor in Audrey Belf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Earnest W. Seaholm), All-American and NCAA Woman of the Year nominee Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy), All-American Piper Donaghu (Portland, Ore./Grant), Autumn Eastman (Hinesburg, Vt./Champlain Valley Union), All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton), All-American Heather Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlilus), All-American Samantha Nadel (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore), All-American Sarah Schmidt (Viersen, Germany) and Kennedy Weisner (St. Marys, Pa./Elk County Catholic).
With nine honors, the Hoyas led all BIG EAST Conference institutions, followed by Villanova (5), Providence (4), St. John’s (4), Butler (2), Marquette (1) and Xavier (1). The Hoyas accounted for nine spots among the 920 women from 192 institutions to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
For the men, 570 student-athletes from 161 institutions were named USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees. The Blue & Gray accounted for two in All-American Michael Lederhouse (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) and John Murray (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury).
Georgetown was one of just three BIG EAST Conference schools to garner men’s all-academic distinctions with Providence College tallying four and Villanova picking up one.
To earn the distinction as an all-academic team, an institution needs to have a team grade point average of 3.00 and above with 220 teams on the women's side picking up the honor. The women's team posted a GPA of 3.29 and was one of eight BIG EAST Conference schools to earn the distinction.