Eight MASCAC student-athletes from Bridgewater State University and Westfield State University have earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the 2017-2018 track & field seasons.
Bridgewater State's Kira Gilbreath, Michael Kotleski and Trevor Wysong along with Westfield State's William Canty, Jessie Cardin, Ashley Craig, Kerri Long and Lexi Popp were all recognized by the organization for their outstanding academic achievement.
A native of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Kotleski wrapped up his collegiate career with a 3.48 GPA. He graduated this past May with a degree in criminal justice and is now serving in the Coast Guard. Kotleski was a part of the Bears' 4x400-meter relay squad which placed ninth at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and ranked 30th during the outdoor season.
A physical education major, Gilbreath currently sports a cumulative 3.68 GPA. The West Haven, Utah product, placed 22nd in the shot put at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships and ranked 31st in the shot for the indoor campaign.
Wysong, who hails from Taunton, Massachusetts, checks in with a 3.42 GPA while majoring in computer science. He ranked 50th in the 10,000-meter run during the 2018 outdoor season.
Junior Kerri Long (Weymouth, Mass.), and recently graduated seniors Jessie Cardin (Sutton, Mass.), Ashley Craig (Westford Academy/Groton, Mass.) and Lexi Popp (Westford, Mass.) all met the academic and athletic standards. Cardin had previously been recognized as a Google Cloud Academic All-American by CoSIDA. All four had been previously been named to the MASCAC Spring All-Academic team.
On the men's side, decathlete William Canty earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, having been a national qualifier in the decathlon during the spring season.
A total of 1,035 Division III student-athletes from across the nation earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2017-18 track & field seasons. To qualify for the all-academic honor, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
- Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.
The Westfield State women's track and field team also took home a team academic award with a 3.42 grade point average while winning the MASCAC indoor and outdoor titles under head coach Sean O'Brien.
According to the USTFCCCA, 291 teams (185 women, 106 men) in Division III were honored for their academics. Teams need to have a GPA of 3.10 or higher.
Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State and Westfield State Sports Information