BOSTON – University at Albany junior Kyle Gronostaj has been named to the 2016 America East Cross Country All-Academic team, the conference offices announced Tuesday. It is the first time he has been named to a conference All-Academic team.
A local product, native of East Greenbush, N.Y., Gronostaj is one one 21 student-athletes named to the 2016 team, and the only UAlbany representative. He earned his selection by accumulating a 3.44 GPA studying Journalism.
At the America East Cross Country championships, Gronostaj placed fifth overall, earning All-Conference First-Team honors, and helping the men’s team place third in the team standings. He holds the fastest time on the team this season in the 8K, 24:41.7, which he ran at Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.
To be eligible for All-Academic, student-athletes must have sophomore athletic eligibility, attain a 3.30 minimum grade-point average and be a contributor on their team. The squad is voted on by a committee made up of America East student-athlete support and athletic communications administrators as well as faculty athletic representatives.
With the cross country season now concluded, Gronostaj and his teammates will look to the beginning of the indoor track season. UAlbany will host its annual intrasquad scrimmage in early December, and the season will officially begin in January.