LEXINGTON, Va. — The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2016-17 Men's Track and Field and Cross Country Academic All-District Teams on Thursday, and Washington and Lee seniors Mac Strehler (Moseley, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) and Jake Roberts (Kansas City, Mo./The Barstow School) were selected to the 10-member District 5 team.
A biochemistry and East Asian languages & literature double major, Strehler earned All-ODAC accolades seven times in his career in track and field at the indoor and outdoor ODAC Championships, including three event wins. This season, he won the 5,000m at the Indoor ODAC Championship and the 10,000m at the outdoor meet.
Strehler finished 18th in the 10,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship this spring. He also holds W&L records in the indoor 5,000m (14:49.44), the outdoor 5,000m (14:50.45) and the 10,000m (30:19.60).
As a cross country runner, he was a four-time First Team All-ODAC honoree, including being named the ODAC Runner of the Year this past fall. He is also a four-time all-region recipient, highlighted by a third-place finish at the region championship his senior season. He placed 92nd out of 278 runners at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championship. This is the second academic all-district accolade for Strehler. He also received the recognition during his sophomore season.
A neuroscience major, Roberts has claimed three All-ODAC honors in his two seasons on the track and field team. Of his three citations, two have come as a member of a winning relay, including the 4x400m relay this spring.
Roberts was on the distance medley relay that set a new school record this past March with a time of 10:21.46. This is the first academic all-district honor for Roberts. Strehler and Roberts will now move onto the national ballot where they have a chance at earning Academic All-America laurels.
The criteria for the Capital One Academic All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least a 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District 5, which includes players from Division III schools in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
W&L won the ODAC titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field in the same school year for the first time in school history this year.
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