Tech XC tally 12 USTFCCCA All-Academic athletes

NEW ORLEANS — The USTFCCCA released the All-Academic team and individual honors showcasing both Michigan Tech squads earned All-Academic teams along with 12 individuals being selected as All-Academic student-athletes, on Thursday afternoon.

In order to qualify for All-Academic distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-30 percent of their respective regional championship meet, among other qualifiers.

“We are incredibly proud of our athlete’s performances this past semester, both on the race course and in the classroom,”  head coach Kristina Owen said. “They are an amazingly talented group of young adults, and their drive and determination will continue to serve them well into their future careers.

“The degrees and programs they are studying at Michigan Tech are demanding and rigorous, and our teams have some of the best team GPA’s in the country. It’s a real testament to the grit and tenacity of our team and all Michigan Tech students.”

The women collected six all-academic athletes in Michelle Bollini (environmental engineering), Elsa Huckels (biomedical engineering), Jesse Jacobusse (biomedical engineering), Sam Kurkowski (applied ecology), Hannah Loughlin (biomedical engineering) and Anabel Needham (environmental engineering).

As a team, the women compiled a 3.68 GPA.

The men also saw six all-academic athletes in Drew Kolodge (materials science and engineering), Sam Lange (mechanical engineering), Stephen Loparo (mechanical engineering), Nick McKenzie (Electrical Engineering), Tucker Ringhand (math and mechanical engineering) and Clayton Sayen (engineering management). The six also competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships running to a program-best team finish of 10th.

As a team, the men compiled a 3.596 GPA.


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