NEW ORLEANS – Four members of the Carleton College women’s cross country team earned spots on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national All-Academic squad. Junior Rachael Klehm (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) was joined on the list by seniors Taylor ffitch (Portland, Ore./St. Mary's Academy), Alison Smyth (Billings, Mont./Billings West), and Simone Childs-Walker (Sr./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside).
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 35 at the NCAA Regional Championships. Across the eight regions a total of 183 student-athletes received this distinction.
Carleton was one of only 11 schools in the country to land at least four runners on the All-Academic team and the only one from the MIAC to do so.
Childs-Walker possesses a 3.98 GPA as a philosophy major and placed ninth at the Central Regional race. She earned her seventh USTFCCCA All-Academic honor. She’s received the award for all four years at cross country and three times in track and field with an opportunity to pick up another at the conclusion of the outdoor season.
Smyth owns a 3.49 GPA as a chemistry major and finished third at regionals. She is the recipient of three cross country USTFCCCA academic awards and one in track and field.
An English major, Ffitch was 14th at regionals and owns a 3.68 GPA. This is the third straight year she has earned the All-Academic honor.
Klehm crossed the line 17th at the Central Regional meet and has accumulated a 3.82 GPA as a political science/international relations major. This is her first USTFCCCA academic award.