New Orleans, LA --- The WPI women's cross country program tied for fifth in Division III and eighth across all three NCAA divisions with a 3.78 GPA as both squads were named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams. Additionally five women and four men were recognized for their efforts at the NCAA Division III New England Championships and in the classroom.
The women tied Whitworth and the men's team from MIT while the WPI men tied Chicago, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Hartwick and Wabash for 36th on the Division III scroll with a 3.48 GPA.
Graduate student Emily Newman (Easton, MA), who guided the individual honorees in the classroom, earned her fourth NCAA Division III Cross Country Scholar Athlete award. Junior Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) paced the Engineers on the course for her second nod and was joined by fellow back-to-back selections, junior Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) and sophomore Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN). Freshman Ciara Young (Milton, MA) was also recognized.
Juniors Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) and Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) earned the award for the second consecutive season. Classmate Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) returned to the scroll after leading the men in both qualifications and shared team-best GPA honors with sophomore Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA).
In order to qualify as an individual, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet. For a team to be considered, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.