NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recently announced its 2015 cross country academic awards and the Salisbury University men's and women's teams, as well as three individuals, were honored.
The Salisbury men's team achieved a grade-point average of 3.205 and the women had a GPA of 3.295 to earn the team honors. It marks the eighth-straight year for the men to earn the honor and five in a row for the women.
Programs must have compiled a grade-point average of 3.10 or greater to earn the All-Academic Team status. This year, 151 men's teams and 207 women's teams earned the honor at the Division III level.
Three members of the men's team also gained individual recognition, being named All-Academic performers. Junior Connor Hesselbirg, sophomore Malcolm Milton, and freshman Connor Masteran each garnered the award.
Athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 and have finished in the top 25 percent of finishers at their regional championships. In 2015, there were 268 men who earned the academic award from the USTFCCCA.
The Salisbury men placed 11th at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in November, paced by their three academic honorees. Hesselbirg was a 37th-place finisher in 26:24.7, Milton came in 71st in 27:05.5, and Masteran placed 81st in 27:15.2, out of 371 total runners.
This marks the first time that three men's runners have earned the honor in the same year.
To see the entire list of USTFCCCA honorees, click here.