NEW ORLEANS - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s cross country programs both earned distinction as one of the 2013 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II All-Academic teams. In addition, four student-athletes were individually honored by the USTFCCCA for their excellence in the classroom.
“We are really proud of both of our teams and our student-athletes who earned individual honors,” said head coach Nate Garcia. “The balance of academic and athletic excellence that this award represents perfectly embodies what it means to be a Triton.”
Levy is an English literature major at Roosevelt College, while Lenehan is a computer science engineering major at Warren College. Levy, a native of Fresno, and Lenehan, a native of San Diego (Torrey Pines HS), both capped off strong careers in Triton colors as All-CCAA performers in 2013.
Hughes is a chemical engineering major at Warren College. The San Diego native (Valhalla HS) was named to the All-West Region team after finishing 23rd individually at the West Region meet. Colquitt is an English literature major (writing) at Muir College and was named UCSD’s Most Improved Runner after a strong 2013.
Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater and must have finished among the top 30 percent of total eligible runners at his/her regional championship (total Division II teams in the region multiplied by seven runners per team) or in the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.
The men’s program compiled a GPA of 3.20 to be one of 92 teams to earn the distinction. The women held a GPA of 3.21 and were among 136 teams given a Scholar Team of the Year award.
Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for the award.