NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its annual cross country academic awards on Friday and Salisbury University was honored with two team awards and an individual honor.
The men's and women's cross country teams earned All-Academic status while freshman Kyle Tockman earned individual All-Academic status.
Tockman was the top finisher for the men's team at the Capital Athletic Conference championships in October, placing sixth with a time of 27:59.82. He went on to claim the ninth All-Region honor in program history, placing 31st, of 343 runners, at the NCAA Mideast Regional championship. He was also awarded All-Freshmen Mideast Region honors as the third-fastest freshman in the field.
To be eligible for All-Academic status, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and have placed in the top 35 at an NCAA Regional meet.
The men's team was one of 141 squads to earn the team honor. Salisbury currently boasts a 3.461 team GPA. The Salisbury men placed third at the Capital Athletic Conference championships this season, led by Tockman.
The women's team was one of 197 programs in the nation to earn the honor, having carried a team cumulative GPA of 3.439. The Salisbury women earned a third-place finish at the CAC championships in 2012, paced by sophomore Hailey Spinapont's second-place finish.
Salisbury was joined by St. Mary's (Md.) College and York (Pa.) College in the CAC with the distinction in both the men's and women's categories.
For a team to be eligible for All-Academic status, it must carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10.
To see a list of all of the USTFCCCA All-Academic recipients, click here.