NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its All-Academic Teams and individual All-Academic award winners on Thursday, and the Washington and Lee men's cross country team had a program-record six individuals recognized and earned the team accolade.
The Blue and White were one of 178 Division III programs to receive the academic team distinction. The Generals had a team GPA of 3.56. MIT registered the highest GPA at 3.78. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, a program must have had a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or better.
Individually, seniors Cooper Baird (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day), Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C./GRACE Christian School) and Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La./University Laboratory School), junior Austin Kinne (Bolingbrook, Ill./Neuqua Valley) and first-years Ethan Bernstein (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley) and Drew Woodfolk (Kingwood, Texas/St. John's School) garnered an All-Academic award.
To qualify, honorees must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 and have finished in the Top 25 percent of the finishers at regionals. The six Generals were among 300 men nationally to receive the recognition.
Woodfolk finished 19th out of 239 runners at the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship on November 10 with a time of 26:25.44. Dolwick took 21st (26:28.17), Kinne claimed 25th in 26:32.52, Bernstein was 27th (26:36.03), Baird placed 29th (26:36.72) and Patrick came in 47th (27:18.94).
Dolwick, Patrick, Kinne and Bernstein all earned First Team All-ODAC laurels this past season, while Woodfolk, Dolwick, Kinne, Bernstein and Baird each garnered all-region recognition.
The Generals secured the program's fourth straight (13th overall) ODAC Championship during the fall, and finished fourth at the regional meet.
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