NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its list of All-Academic runners and All-Academic schools. The Salisbury University men's and women's cross country teams each earned recognition in both the team and individual categories.
Individually five runners earned recognition from the USTFCCCA as some of the top student-athletes in the nation. On the men's side Connor Hesselbirg, Billy Kirk, Conner Masteran, and Malcolm Milton were recognized while Alison Schwartz was the lone representative from the women's side.
In total, there were 664 student-athletes (374 women, 290 men) who earned All-Academic mention from the USTFCCCA in NCAA Division III. In order to be named USTFCCA All-Academic, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and finish in the top-25 percent at their respective regional.
This is the second postseason award for Milton from the USTFCCCA as he was also named All-Region honoree. Milton place 35th at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals in November to earn the recognition.
This is also the second postseason accolade collected by Hesselbirg as he earned Capital Athletic Conference honors. After a strong finish at the CAC Championships he was an All-CAC second-team selection.
This is Schwartz's second postseason accolade as well as she also earned CAC honors after the CAC Championships. She captured a fourth-place finish and was an All-CAC first-team selection.
Both teams also were recognized as they were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team list of honorees. They were two of 389 teams that were named All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA. Of those 389 teams, 216 were women's and 173 were men's.
To be considered for this award a team must have competed and complied a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. It must also hold a minimum team GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale.