PHILADELPHIA - Both University of Pennsylvania track and field teams earned all-academic honors, while four other Quakers were selected for individual all-academic accolades by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday night.
Rising juniors Kelsey Hay, Thomas Pitt, Brendan Smith and Sam Mattis each earned individual academic awards from the USTFCCCA. To qualify, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and have finished the indoor season ranked among the national top 96 in an individual event or have participated in any round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The entire Penn quartet reached the NCAA Outdoor Championships as sophomores in 2013-14 and each of them had a GPA over 3.35. Mattis was a first-team All-American in the discus, while Hay earned honorable mention status in the javelin. Smith reached his first NCAA Championship meet in the steeple, while Pitt earned an NCAA bid in two events (long jump, high jump).
Collectively, the Penn men and women also earned all-academic team honors. A total of 208 women’s teams and 116 men’s teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher. The Penn men totaled a GPA of 3.10, while the women earned a GPA of 3.14.
The Quakers will be back on campus in late August for the start of preseason. The first cross country meet of 2014 is set for Sept. 12 at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.