New Orleans, La. (February 21) -- Nine members of the MIT men's and women's cross country teams have been honored as members of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams. In addition, both the MIT men's and women's teams also earned All-Academic Team honors for posting team GPA's of 3.68 and 3.57, respectively.
In total, 664 student-athletes earned USTFCCCA accolades in NCAA Division III, including 374 women and 290 men. To be named USTFCCCA All-Academic, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and finish in the top 25 percent at their respective regional or in the top 50 percent at nationals. Thirty-one NCAA Division III athletes had perfect 4.0 GPA's, with MIT leading the way with three overall.
On the men's side, the Engineers had six student-athletes earn spots on the team, while the women placed three on the All-Academic squad. The men's honorees included Rory Beyer, graduate student Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.), junior Ben Freed (Frederick, Md.), junior Alex Knoedler (Canon City, Colo.), junior Nicholas Waltman (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Daniel Weiss (Naperville, Ill.). For the women, those honored were junior Mary Eccles (Wahiawa, Hawaii), senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) and sophomore Leandra Zimmermann (Augsburg, Germany).
At the national championship, Deyo earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish as the team posted its best finish in program history in seventh overall with 301 points. For the women, the Engineers narrowly missed the podium as the team finished fifth out of 32 teams for the program's third-straight top-five team finish and sixth overall. The squads also both captured the NEWMAC and NCAA New England Regional titles, while head coach Halston Taylor earned conference and region Coach of the Year accolades.