MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's and women's cross country teams have received 2016 All-Academic Team honors, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while Will Dudek '17 and Tate Knight '18 of the men's team, and Caroline Elmendorf '17, Rhoen Fiutak '19, Julia Mitchell '19 and Molly Schassberger '17 of the women's team garnered All-Academic Individual praise. Head Coach John Crooke's squads have earned academic All-American praise in each of his 17 seasons at the helm.
In order to earn team honors, a program must have at least a 3.10 cumulative team GPA and must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. In all, 216 women's teams and 173 men's teams were honored for their excellence in the classroom.
The women boasted a team GPA of 3.626 (the best mark in the NESCAC), while the men had a cumulative GPA of 3.396.
To qualify for individual honors, the student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and finish in the top-25 percent at their respective regional. There were a total of 664 athletes named All-Academic, 374 women and 290 men.