NEW ORLEANS – The UC San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams both earned distinctions 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.
As a team, the men’s program compiled a team GPA of 3.20 to be one of 92 teams to earn the distinction. The women’s team held a GPA of 3.21 and was among 136 teams awarded a Scholar Team of the Year award.
Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.00 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for the award.