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Hope Track & Field Teams, Athletes Receives USTFCCCA Academic Honors

by WHTC News

The Hope College womens track & field team and two of its student-athletes have received national academic recognition.

Coach Kevin Coles Flying Dutch made the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-Academic Team for the 2014 season, while senior Sheri McCormack and sophomore Jane Pearson garnered individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

The Flying Dutch claimed the USTFCCCA academic by recording a collective GPA of 3.52. It tied for the 11 th highest GPA in the nation. Hope was one of 158 womens teams nationally to be named an All-Academic Team.

McCormack, a senior from Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa HS), and Pearson, a sophomore from Lake City, Michigan (Northern Michigan Christian HS), were among 416 women to earn individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards:

Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship

Finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org

Earlier, Hope claimed the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Team GPA award.

Its just awesome having such great student-athletes who do both good out on the track and in field events, and also in the classroom, Cole said. That makes my job so much nicer.

MENS TRACK & FIELD

Flying Dutchmen Repeat On National Academic Team

The Hope College mens track & field team has earned All-Academic Team honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2014 season.

Coach Kevin Coles Flying Dutchmen claimed the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III award by recording a collective GPA of 3.26.

Hope was one of 93 mens teams nationally to be named to the All-Academic Team.