NEW ORLEANS --(USTFCCCA) Chris Stadler of Haverford, Zach Ferrara of Brockport, Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College and Tom Postema of Defiance have been named the Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division III for the 2013 men's track & field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the association announced Monday.
These three men's combined academic and athletic prowess stood tallest among 232 male USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees between the indoor and outdoor seasons. The full breakdown of All-Academic selections can be found below.
Stadler, a junior sociology major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.675, earned the indoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year award with his NCAA Division III individual title at 5000 meters. This is the first time the Belmont, Mass., native has earned the award.
The indoor field Scholar Athlete of the Year award went to Ferrara, a senior kinesiology major with a cumulative 3.33 GPA who claimed the NCAA Division III indoor title in the pole vault. The Rochester, N.Y., native earns the award for the first time.
LeDuc, a junior botany major with a 3.793 cumulative GPA, adds the outdoor track Scholar Athlete of the Year award to a resume that includes perhaps the best finish of the championship season in winning the NCAA Division III steeplechase title (200 meters to go at 36:00 of this video). This is the first Scholar Athlete of the Year award for the Canton, Conn. native.
Connecticut College Head Men's Cross Country Coach/Associate Head Track & Field Coach Jim Butler was pleased to learn that LeDuc was the first Camel to receive this academic honor from the USTFCCCA.
"I am thrilled for Mike receiving this honor," Butler said. "He is truly the epitome of what being a student-athlete at Connecticut College is all about."
Ned Bishop, the Head Men's and Women's Track & Field Coach/Women's Cross Country Coach echoed the sentiments of Butler in saluting LeDuc.
"I am really excited for Mike that he has received this honor to go along with the many other accolades he has earned this past year for both his academic and athletic successes," said Bishop. "We are all proud of his many achievements and he deserves every bit of recognition that has come his way."
The outdoor field Scholar Athlete of the Year is Postema, a senior accounting major with a cumulative 3.35 GPA who won the hammer throw title and finished runner-up in the discus at the Division III Outdoor Championships. Postema, a senior competing for his hometown Defiance, Ohio, program, earns Scholar Athlete of the Year distinctions for the first time in his career.
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships. Those who earn multiple individual championship titles rank higher in the tie-breaking process, and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker to establish a winner. Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, resulting in four categories.
In addition to LeDuc's award, five Camels received All-Academic Honors from the USTFCCCA this week. LeDuc was joined by seniors Andrew Duarte (Rocky Hill, Conn.), Tristan Cole (St. Helen, Calif.) and junior Geoff Phaneuf (Woonsocket, R.I.). The talented foursome set the school record in the distance medley relay back in February.
Sophomore NCAA Qualifier Kim Bolick (Hopkinton, Mass.) earned All-Academic honors for the Connecticut College women's track and field squad. Bolick posted a school record setting time of 4:59.34 back in March. It was the first time a Camel women's track & field distance runner had run a sub five minute mile.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.