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Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

Men's and Women's Cross Country Teams Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

Both the Harvard men's and women's cross country programs earned "Scholar Team" distinction by the USTFCCCA. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced that both the Harvard men's and women's cross country programs earned "Scholar Team" distinction by having a team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

The Harvard men's cross-country team had the 20th highest team GPA in the nation at 3.48, and the second highest among Ivy institutions. The Harvard women's team was also among the top half of Ivy institutions (4th) with a 3.4 team GPA.

In addition, four student-athletes on the women's cross-country team and one on the men's team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors by having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finishing in the top-25 of the NCAA Northeast regional. Those honored for Harvard included Erin Dietz, Elianna Shwayder, Courtney Smith, and Lisa Tertsch on the women's team and Kieran Tuntivate on the men's team.

The four selections for the women's team were the most of any Ivy institution.

Tuntivate represented the team at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Nov. 11 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York, placing 23rd overall with a 31:16.40 finish on the 10k course. Tuntivate's finish was the highest by a Harvard sophomore at that event since 2008, and he earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors by finishing in the top-25.

It was a historic season for women's cross country, which earned its first team bid to the NCAA National Championships since 2012, placing 26th overall. Junior Courtney Smith earned USTFCCCA All-America recognition (20:21.1) by finishing 35th overall. Harvard qualified for NCAAs by virtue of its second place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships on Nov. 11 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York. The second place showing was the highest finish at that event in program history, as junior Courtney Smith finished second overall in 20:13.90, leading a group of five Harvard runners who each finished in the top 26 of the race. Smith, freshman Judy Pendergast (6th, 20:38.00), sophomore Erin Dietz (17th, 20:57.00) and junior Elianna Shwayder (20th, 21:08.30) each earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors.

History was made at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Oct. 29, Courtney Smith won the individual title in 20:19.6 to lead the Crimson to its first Heps title since 1985 and seventh overall in program history. Smith's finish, the first individual title for Harvard since Suzanne Jones in 1989, was part of an outstanding team performance for the Crimson. Harvard's top five finishers placed in the top 12 of the race, as the Crimson totaled 33 points, ahead of Yale (69 points), and Penn (77 points) on the podium. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS