Cross Country Earns All-Academic Recognition
NEW ORLEANS – The University at Albany men’s and women’s cross country team have each earned All-Academic honors, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Friday. In addition, Hannah Reinhardt and Kyle Gronostaj earned individual All-Academic honors.
The men’s team pulled down a 3.31 GPA, up from the 3.29 they earned last year. The women’s team earned a GPA of 3.20, up from last year’s 3.15. Portland’s men and New Mexico’s women were named Scholar Teams of the Year, awarded to the top-finishing men’s and women’s team at NCAA Cross Country Championships with a GPA exceeding 3.0.
423 total teams (228 women’s, 195 men’s) earned All-Academic honors. UC Davis boasted the highest GPA for each gender, with the women’s team earning the highest overall GPA of 3.85 and the men drawing a cumulative 3.80.
Reinhardt, a sophomore from Clarence, N.Y., earned a 3.37 GPA studying Accounting. At the America East XC Championships, Reinhardt placed sixth overall, earning First-Team All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. Reinhardt, who was UAlbany’s top runner in 2017, placed 24th overall at the Northeast Regional Championships.
Gronostaj, a senior from East Greenbush, N.Y., earned a 3.53 GPA studying Business with a minor in Public Health. He earned his third career America East All-Academic selection during the 2017 cross country season, and was the recipient of the 2017 America East Elite 18 Award for men’s cross country. He spent most of the season as the men’s #2 runner, earning All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season. Gronostaj placed 20th overall at the Northeast Regional Championships.
Reinhardt and Gronostaj are UAlbany’s first individual All-Academic recipients since Silvia Del Fava was named following the 2014 season. To be named as an individual, a student-athlete must have a 3.25 GPA while finishing in the top-25 of their regional championship meet, or earn All-America honors at NCAA XC Championships.
269 individuals (169 women, 100 men) earned All-Academic honors, 30 of whom earned 4.0 GPAs. Stanford’s Grand Fisher and New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat were named men’s and women’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year, respectively. It was Fisher’s second-consecutive season earning the award, and the third year in a row a Stanford runner has earned the men’s award. Kurgat represents the first New Mexico runner to be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.