Men’s and Women’s XC Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
Feb. 13, 2017
NEW ORLEANS —The Duquesne men’s and women’s cross country teams have earned NCAA U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) honors for achieving both academic and athletic excellence during the 2016 season.
In addition to both teams being recognized as Division I All-Academic teams, redshirt junior Jenny DelSignore was one of 168 student-athletes to receive an All-Academic individual award.
A physical therapy major (3.64 GPA) from Tonawanda, N.Y., DelSignore finished 13th (20:56) in the field of 198 runners at the 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional held in November. Student-athletes must earn a GPA of 3.25 or higher while also finishing in the top-25 at regionals in order to qualify for the award.
“This was a great honor for Jenny,” said head coach Jim Lear. “In addition to running a PR at NCAA’s, she was able to balance the workload after changing her major to physical therapy this fall.”
Finishing 10th among 28 teams at the Mid-Atlantic regional, the women’s team earned a team GPA of 3.51. Duquesne was one of 242 teams recognized by the USTFCCCA.
With a team GPA of 3.28, the men’s team was one 189 teams to earn All-Academic honors. The Dukes, finished 7th of 22 teams at regionals.
“For our both the men’s and women’s programs to be honored on the all-academic teams speaks volumes about the character of our program and the student-athletes that represent it in the classroom and on the track,” added Lear.