Bucs Earn USTFCCCA Academic Awards

Bucs Earn USTFCCCA Academic Awards

Both of Whitworth University's track and field teams, along with 13 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 2018 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 3.64, while the men posted a GPA of 3.42.    The Pirate women finished ninth at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while the men tied for 31st place.

Ten Whitworth women and three men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic individual honors during the 2017-18 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 ten Pirate women are Kayla Brase (Sr., Lake Owesgo, Ore.), Isabel Clark (Jr., Colbert, Wash.), Sarah Cool (So., Ketchikan, Alaska), Kayla Leland (Sr., Spokane, Wash.), Sarah Martinez (Sr., Ruidoso, N.M.), Kameha Medallada (Jr., Makawao, Hawaii), Marissa Mount (So., San Jose, Calif.), Danielle Openiano (Sr., Lynnwood, Wash.), Chloe Quinnett (Sr., Moscow, Idaho) and Bailey Scott (Sr., North Bend, Wash.).  Brase, Leland, Martinez, Medallada, and Openiano are all repeat honorees.

Leland competed at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March and the outdoor meet in May, while seven of her teammates qualified to compete in the outdoor championships.  Leland was an All-American in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and took second place in the steeplechase at the DIII Outdoor Championships, while Mount was fourth in the steeplechase.  Brase was also a national runner-up, taking second place in the triple jump.  Clark took sixth in the heptathlon.

Whitworth's three men recognized by the USTFCCCA are Andrew Bloom (Gr., Stanwood, Wash.), Nick McGill (So., East Wenatchee, Wash.) and John-Robert Woolley (Sr., Mill Creek, Wash.).  Bloom and Woolley received the honor for the second year in a row.  Bloom finished third in the javelin in 2018, his third top-three finish in as many years.  McGill took fifth place in the decathlon.