(NEW ORLEANS) – This past spring, Walsh track & field brought home a pair of national championships with the performances of Marcus Myers and Sarah Berger. Now the Cavaliers can say they are the best in the classroom as well as the men's squad finished with the top team GPA in the nation. The women have also reached their goal of being a top 10 academic team.
The men finished with a GPA of 3.47 under Head Coach Rob Mizicko. The women's team also posted impressive grades and finished with a GPA of 3.54 to finish in a three-way tie with Colorado State-Pueblo and Missouri Southern State to squeeze into the top 10.
"We are extremely proud of our track & field student-athletes. Our academic goal is always top 10, so to learn that our men finished No. 1 and our women tied for 10th is very exciting!" said Coach Mizicko. "It is a credit to how hard our student-athletes work every day in the classroom."
Walsh was one of 81 schools to have both men's and women's teams listed, and one of three to have both listed in the top 10 along with Wayne State College (Neb.).
It's the fourth year in a row that the Cavaliers have achieved this recognition. Last season, the women came in at No. 13 while the men tied for No. 15 nationally.
The USTFCCCA also announced individual honors in which 14 Cavaliers were named to the All-Academic Team. Kaitlyn Barber, Sarah Berger, Brianna Coy, Meredith Fennell, Andra Lehotay, Tori Reeves, Jetaiya Smith, and Malia Turley were named for the women. Mark Hadley, Steve Kapes, Jacob Kernell, Lane Knoch, James Miller, and Dante Penza made the list for the men.
Barber, Berger, Fennell, and Smith for the women as well as Miller for the men have now achieved this honor the last three seasons. Lehotay and Reeves for the women as well as Hadley for the men are two-time achievers.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.
Scholar Teams of the Year and All-Academic Team honors for the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). In total, 216 teams were honored for their academic performance.