NEW HAVEN, Conn – This week, the Yale women's cross country team received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Senior Frances Schmiede and sophomore Andrea Masterson both received individual All-Academic honors as well.
The USTFCCCA awards team All-Academic honors to cross country squads that have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This year, a total of 242 women's cross country received the nod, including all of the Ivy League schools. However, Yale's team GPA was the second-highest in the entire Ivy League and among the top in the country at 3.54. In a year where the Bulldogs far surpassed their past performances on the course, the team was able to improve their cumulative GPA from last year.
On top of being honored as a part of the team, Schmiede and Masterson both also received individual All-Academic award for their spectacular season both on and off the course. In order to receive this accolade, "Honorees must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and have finished in the top 25 finishers (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet." In total 168 women across the country received the honor.
At the NCAA Regional meet, Schmiede, a political science major, placed an impressive 15th overall for her second straight cross country All-Academic honors. The Pierson college member has had an all around amazing collegiate career that continues to impress throughout the current track and field season. She helped pull the team to its first National Championship since 2001, among other amazing performances in 2016.
Masterson, who has not yet declared a major, placed 25th at the NCAA regional championship. Though she was a standout during her first year on the team, Masterson has managed to improve more this year, with some very crucial strong performances towards the latter end of the season. Still only a sophomore, Masterson will surely be a source of strength for the team in the coming years.
A full list of recipients, both individual and team honors, can be found here.
Report by Ariel Sánchez '19, Yale Sports Publicity