NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Connecticut College men's and women's track & field programs as well as five individuals were nationally recognized for academic success by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Both Camel squads were among 291 men's and women's programs to be named a UTFCCCA All-Academic Team for having at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. Each team under the direction of head coach Ned Bishop recorded a 3.36.
Furthermore, five individuals were named USTFCCCA All-Academic selections for their academic and athletic accomplishments. Shannon Kennedy (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Scott Mason (Wyndmoor, Pa.), Aly Saperstein (Simsbury, Conn.), Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) and Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) all received the recognition after having strong seasons in both areas.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of a 3.30 and have (1) competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship and/or (2) finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List. Mason competed at both NCAA championship events and most notably garnered All-America status in the steeplechase, while the other four Camels ranked among the top 50 nationally in at least one individual event.
The track & field squads are the latest of a bevy of Connecticut College varsity athletic programs to earn a team academic award. Men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's soccer, women's water polo, women's tennis and field hockey have also been recognized by their national coaching organizations for academic success over the past calendar year.