Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan men’s and women’s track and field teams have received All-Academic honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2016-17 indoor/outdoor season.
Six CMU track & field student-athletes were honored individualy by the organization.
The USTFCCCA recognized 218 women’s teams and 142 men’s teams for the award, which goes to Division I programs with a team grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Chippewa men compiled a team GPA of 3.055, while the women ranked in the top half of those honored at 3.333.
CMU’s Dylan Banagis, Samantha Cuneo, Kylee Dobbelaere, Rebekah Petty, Logan Targgart and Sam Wagner made the All-Academic list as individuals, meeting the criteria of a 3.25 cumulative GPA, were ranked among the top 96 in their event during either the indoor or the outdoor season, or have qualified for the Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships.
Dobbelaere, Cuneo and Petty were among the 752 women to receive the award, while Banagis, Targgart and Wagner were among the 516 male honorees. With its six individual honorees, CMU ranked fourth among the 12 Mid-American Conference schools.
“I am incredibly proud of how well both teams did in the classroom as a whole,” CMU associate head coach Matt Kaczor said. “It’s great to see the individual honors too, as it is proof that they are among the best in the country both academically and athletically. It speaks volumes about the type of student-athletes they are.”
New Mexico was the top men’s program with a 3.53 GPA, while San Francisco was the best on the women’s side (3.80).