MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After compiling an exceptional 3.70 GPA through the fall semester, the Wesleyan University women's cross country team earned 2017 NCAA Division III All-Academic Team honors, as announced by the USTFCCCA on Feb. 9.
One prerequisite for this honor was competing and compiling a team score at an NCAA Regional meet, and the other requirement was maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale through the fall semester. The Cardinals finished ninth overall with a team score of 288 at the New England Regional Championship on Nov. 11 in Gorham, Maine, under the guidance of head coach John Crooke and assistants Scott Bushey and Lindsay Holmes.
In addition to being honored as a group, six Cardinals were awarded USTFCCCA All-Academic honors on the individual side, headlined by juniors Julia Mitchell and Rhoen Fiutak, sophomores Rosie Skovron and Sara Pinsonault, and freshmen Becky Lopez-Anido and Emma Trapani.
The requirements for this prestigious accolade are student-athletes must have recorded a minimum GPA of 3.30 through the fall semester, and placed in the top-25 percent at their respective regional championship meet.
During the 2017 NCAA Regional Championship, all six of these athletes placed in the top-89 overall out of 393 runners. Lopez-Anido and Mitchell led the charge, placing 37th and 40th overall, respectively, while Pinsonault was the 51st runner to cross the finish line. Skovron (81st), Fiutak (84th) and Trapani (89th) all ran strong races.