NEW ORLEANS - The Carleton College women’s track and field team recorded a 3.34 cumulative grade point average during the 2013 season, tying for the 40th-best mark among Division III programs in the nation. The Knights were one of 123 institutions recognized as an All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Individual academic awards were also handed out this week, and the Knights collected additional accolades. Four Knights were selected as an USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom. Haley Johnson ’13 (Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Cooper), Colette Celichowski ’15 (Shorewood, Minn./Minnetonka), Amelia Campbell ’16 (Sturgeon Bay, Wis./Sturgeon Bay), and Ruth Steinke ’16 (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) received this award. Johnson, who recently graduated with a degree in Cinema Arts & Media Studies, held a 3.59 GPA. Celichowski posted a 3.48 GPA, while majoring in Biology. In their first years as Knights, Campbell and Steinke excelled in the classroom, with 3.48 and 3.96 respective grade point averages.
To be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, squads need to post at least a 3.10 cumulative GPA. The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) boasts the largest number of All-Academic Teams with nine: Carleton College, College of St. Benedict, Concordia College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint Mary’s University, St. Catherine University, St. Olaf College, and University of St. Thomas.
A total of 363 competitors - including 23 from the MIAC - earned the individual All-Academic honor. Those student athletes compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and met either of the following athletic standards: competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or 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 performance list.
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