The United States Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its 2019 NCAA Division III Track & Field Team and Athlete Academic awards on Monday, July 22.
In total, 12 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) teams, eight women's and four men's, received the Academic Team award. Allegheny, Denison, DePauw, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenberg and Wooster received the award on the women's side while Allegheny, DePauw, Kenyon and Wooster also received the award for the men. A total of 297 teams were honored for their academics, including 184 women's programs and 113 men's squads.
In addition to the academic teams, 19 individuals were recognized for their academics. Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) was named the Women's Indoor Tack Scholar Athlete of the Year, accumulating a 3.79 grade-point average while winning the 3,000-meter run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships this season. She was selected the winner as the highest finishing individual at the indoor track & field championships who also achieved All-Academic status. Allegheny classmate Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, OH/Hilliard Bradley) also achieved All-Academic status.
Oberlin had four women achieve All-Academic status including seniors Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, IL/New Trier), Jasmine Keegan (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) and Naeisha McClain (Columbus, GA/Brookstone) and sophomore Sarah Voit (Cincinnati, OH/Mcauley). Ohio Wesleyan tallied six individuals on the list, including seniors Alyssa Acevado (Medina, OH/Medina) and Rachel Bush (Mount Gilead, OH/Mount Gilead), junior Morgan Freyhof (West Liberty, OH/West Liberty-Salem), sophomore Mary Kate McElroy (Whipple, OH/Beverly Fort Frye) and juniors Cirrus Robinson (Columbus, OH/Ashland) and Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville). Lastly, Wooster senior Carolyn Webster (Fredricktown, OH/Fredricktown) rounded out the 13 women honored.
On the men's side, Wabash collected a conference-high four individuals including senior Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette), junior Tyler Ramsey (Beech Grove, IN/Beech Grove), freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth, TX/Chisholm) and junior Josh Wiggins (Poseyville, IN/North Posey). DePauw and Wooster also collected one student-athlete a piece, senior Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) represented the Tigers while senior David Westcott (Lake Forest, IL/Millbrook (NY)) represented the Fighting Scots.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards: Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship; or finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.