Former Garaway Pirate standout and current Malone University sophomore Rachel Wentworth was one of nine Malone cross country runners to be recognized as NCAA Div. II All-Academic by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. In addition the Pioneer men’s and women’s squads both received the NCAA Div. II All-Academic Team distinction.
The USTFCCCA individual honor recognizes athletes with at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA who finished in the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his/her respective NCAA Regional meet and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA National Championships. The All-Academic Team Award goes to squads with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who scored at a Regional Meet.
In addition to Wentworth, four other members of the Pioneer women’s squad received the individual All-Academic Award including Hannah Campbell (Sr., River Valley H.S.), Jade Smith (Sr., Lake H.S.), Hannah Thompson (Jr., GlenOak H.S.) and Laura Tweedie (Sr., Lake H.S.). The quintet helped pace the Malone women to a sixth-place finish at the Div. II Midwest Regional Championships this past November.
On the men’s side, four Pioneers were tabbed All-Academic: Zach Fresenko (Fr., Louisville H.S.), George McCartney (Jr., Toledo Central Catholic H.S.), Lorne Strausbaugh (Sr., Elmwood H.S.) and Noah Whittington (So., Alliance H.S.). The Malone men earned a seventh-place finish at the Midwest Regional Meet.
As a whole, both Pioneer squads excelled in the classroom as the women compiled an impressive 3.52 team GPA while the men boasted a 3.04 cumulative grade point average.
A complete list of Individual NCAA Div. II All-Academic honorees can be found here: http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/02/featured/2017-ncaa-dii-cross-country-individual-all-academic-awards
The full list of All-Academic Team Awards is provided here: http://www.ustfccca.org/2018/02/featured/2017-ncaa-dii-cross-country-team-all-academic-awards