Men track and field earns third highest GPA in the country. (Photo courtesy of Brian Panoff)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Led by the men's team with the third-highest GPA in the country, the Harvard track and field teams earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the organization announced. Sixteen (16) Crimson student-athletes received honors for the 2013-2014 season.
"I'm incredibly proud of all of our student-athletes, and it is great to see so many of our most outstanding athletes are also getting it done in the classroom," said Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. "This has been a record year in so many ways for Harvard Track and Field, and these achievements, especially the men's team having the third-best team GPA in the country, just continue to embody what this program is about – pursuing academic and athletic excellence."
The men's team GPA for the 2013-14 season was 3.38, tied for third in the nation. Rising seniors Adam Cotton, Will Geiken, Ben Glauser, junior Tom Purnell and Maksim Korolev were named to the All-Academic team.
The Crimson women's track and field team finished the year with a 3.52 cumulative GPA, ranking in the top 15 nationally. Harvard had 11 student-athletes named to the All-Academic team including, recent 2014 graduates Adabelle Ekechukwu, Emliy Reese and Morgan Kelly, rising seniors Danielle Barbian, Viviana Hanley, Molly Renfer and Erkia Veidis, rising junior Madison Hansen and rising sophomores Sarah Gillespie, Jackie Modesett and Nikki Okwelogu. Veidis led the way with a 3.78 GPA. She also had an outstanding junior campaign on the field, being named to the USTFCCCA All-America second team in the 800m run. Veidis is joined by Ekechukwu and Kelly as repeat USTFCCCA Academic All-America selections.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: 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 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).