Both of Whitworth University's track and field teams, along with nine individuals, earned academic recognition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) last week.
The Pirate men's and women's squads were named All-Academic Teams in NCAA Division III Track & Field by the USTFCCCA. In order to qualify for All-Academic Team recognition, it must have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA. The Whitworth women's team GPA was 3.585, while the men posted a GPA of 3.414.
Six Whitworth women and three men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic individual honors during the 2016-17 track & field seasons. To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor championship meet or finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.
The six Pirate women are Kayla Brase, Maggie Callan, Kayla Leland, Sarah Martinez, Kameha Medallada and Danielle Openiano. Brase and Leland competed at both of the NCAA Track & Field Championships in the spring of 2017, while Martinez qualified to compete in the outdoor meet. Leland was an All-American in the 800 meters and the mile run at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and took third place in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.
Whitworth's three men recognized by the USTFCCCA are Andrew Bloom, Lucas McGill and John-Robert Woolley. Bloom finished as the NCAA Division III runner-up in the javelin in 2017 after earning a national title in 2016.