Alma, Mich. - Senior Kaitlyn Arnold (Jackson, Mich./Northwest) has received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), it was announced today (Thursday, Feb. 9). In addition, the Alma College men's and women's cross country teams were both named All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA.
Arnold, who qualified for the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championship, was one of 274 women who received the individual honor and one of 31 Division III athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Arnold was the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award at the NCAA III Championships as the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the event.
In order to be named USTFCCA All-Academic, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and finish in the top-25 percent at their respective regional. Arnold finished sixth at the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional in Holland, Mich.
Arnold was also a part of the Alma College women's cross country team that compiled a team GPA of 3.67. The men's squad had a 3.60 GPA as the Scots were two of the 389 teams (216 women's, 173 men's) to receive the team honor.
For a team to be considered for All-Academic consideration, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional Meet. The team must also have a minimum team GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. The women placed 14th out of 31 teams at the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional, while the men were 25th out of 32 teams.