NEW ORLEANS, — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the Division III Women's Scholar Athletes of the Year and the All-Academic honorees on Friday, and six Washington and Lee athletes earned All-Academic laurels. The Generals were also named a USTFCCCA 2017 All-Academic Team.
Recent graduates Catherine Fonvielle (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes), Dana Lee (Nashville, Tenn./St. Cecilia Academy) and Lizzy Stanton (Papillion, Neb./Papillion-LaVista South), along with rising juniors Kirsten McMichael (Eighty Four, Pa./Ringgold), Maggie Seybold (Cockeysville, Md./McDonogh School) and Samantha Yates (Birmingham, Ala./St. Paul's School) each garnered individual honors.
As a team, the Blue and White had a 3.55 overall grade-point average. W&L placed second at the Indoor ODAC Championship just four points behind first, and followed that with a second-place finish at the Outdoor ODAC Championship. A total of 183 women's teams were recognized by the USTFCCCA and 608 individuals.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national Top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national Top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
To be recognized as an All-Academic Team, a squad must accumulate a team GPA of at least 3.10.
Amber Celen of Bridgewater and Taryn Cordani of Ithaca were Co-Indoor Track Scholar Athletes of the Year. Katherine Pitman of Ithaca was the Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, Emily Richards of Ohio Northern was named the Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year and Brandy Smith of Ithaca garnered the Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year award.
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