August 3, 2010

Ibric garners national academic honor

NORTON, MA- Recent men's track & field graduate Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) garnered his third straight national academic honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while the women's program earned a team academic accolade for a third consecutive year.

Ibric was among 202 Division III men representing 74 institutions to land on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.  To qualify, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 and met an NCAA Championship automatic or provisional qualifying standard during the indoor or outdoor season.

Ibric capped a distinguished career by turning in his most successful year with two national championships and four All-America honors.  He was the lone Lyon to run on both national-title relay teams during the NCAA outdoor meet in helping guide Wheaton to a tie for fifth nationally.  Ibric was a member of the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams.  At the indoor NCAA Championship, he recorded All-America finishes in the 400M dash and 4x400M relay, leading the Lyons to a tie for ninth in the country.

With a 3.15 cumulative GPA, the Wheaton women's team was one of 106 Division III programs to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic status.  To be nominated, a team must carry a minimum 3.10 GPA, with the top award going to the programs who were the highest-placing teams with at least a 3.10 GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championships.

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