NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The Wilmington College men's cross country team has earned All-Academic Team honors, given out by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.
In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, among other qualifiers. The Fightin' Quaker men accumulated a 3.5 team GPA, the highest of any Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) team.
"One of the goals our teams discuss at the start of every season is making the All-Academic team," Head Men's Cross Country Coach Ron Combs said. "I'm proud of the growth our team made this season and the work they did academically. We had the highest men's GPA in the OAC and we were third highest in the Great Lakes Region. It's been a few years since both the men and the women made it in the same season."
Two individuals – sophomore Evan Whitaker and freshman Simon Heys – garnered were named All-Academic Athletes. In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.
"Another award for Evan and Simon to cap off tremendous season, said Combs. The individual awards both received are great honors."
Wilmington finished its 2019 season with a sixth-place finish at the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Championships.