NEW ORLEANS, La. – Juniors Matt Jordan (Matthews, N.C.) and Benji Xie (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) were the lone MIT men's cross country runners who were honored with All-Academic accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday afternoon. The last Engineers to receive this award were Daniel Harper '12 and Stephen Serene '12 in 2012.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater and placed in the top 25 percent at the NCAA Regional Championships. In all, 228 men from 98 different institutions and 35 different conferences were honored for their accomplishments both on the cross country trail and in the classroom.
At the New England Division III Regional Championships that took place at the University of Southern Maine back in November, Tech finished in third place out of 50 teams. Jordan came in 70th place on the 8k course, while Xie was 75th, crossing the line just four seconds apart.