Five North Coast Track & Field and Cross Country student-athletes were named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Cross Country/Track & Field Teams, it was announced on Tuesday, June 19th.
Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) and Wooster senior Geoffrey Carney-Knisely (South Burlington, VT/Rice Memorial) were first-team selections in their respective genders. Drafts-Johnson graduated with a 3.92 GPA in Latin American Studies & Politics, while Carney-Knisely graduated with a 4.00 GPA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Sociology.
Oberlin senior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) earned second-team accolades and Allegheny senior John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) and Kenyon junior Jordan Potter (Minneapolis, MN/The Blake School) garnered third-team accolades.
Among the 45 student-athletes on the Division III Academic All-America® Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field teams, 11 men carry a GPA of 4.0 or better. There are 19 members of the 48 honored on this year’s Academic All-America® Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field teams with a perfect GPA of 4.0. The members of the men’s first team carry an average G.P.A. of 3.86, while the 17 members of the women’s team carry an average GPA of 3.91.
Twelve men and 15 women are repeat Academic All-America® selections this year. Three women earn recognition for the third-consecutive year. Of note, Lynchburg College’s Natalie Deacon is a four-time Academic All-America® pick between soccer (2014, 2nd team/2015, 1st team) and track & field (2017, 3rd team).
The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America® teams.