LEXINGTON, Va. -- The US Track & Field Coaches Association (USTCA) recently released its 2005 Academic Awards and the Washington and Lee men's and women's track & field teams were named to the National All-Academic Team. Additionally, senior Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) and sophomore Liz Brandler (Camp Hill, Pa./East Pennsboro) earned Academic All-America accolades.
For a team to be named a National All-Academic Team, it must have a team grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.10. For an individual to be named an Academic All-American, one must have at least a 3.40 GPA and provisionally qualify for the NCAA National Track & Field Championships.
The W&L men's team had a team GPA of 3.195 and was one of only 15 teams to garner National All-Academic honors. The women had a GPA of 3.238 and were one of 28 teams be honored.
Johnson, a math and economics major, claimed a 3.731 GPA and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase. He ran a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 9:19.21 at the Duke Invitational.
Brandler, an undeclared major, posted a 3.625 GPA and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault by clearing a school-record and NCAA provisional qualifying height of 11’3" at the Roanoke Invitational.