Five Wheaton tracksters, both programs earn national academic accolades

NORTON, MA- Five Wheaton College track & field athletes earned academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their work during the 2008-09 school year, while each the men's and women's programs qualified for an academic accolade for the second straight season.

Recent graduates Lily Calderwood (Harvard, MA/Bromfield School), Natana Jules (Brooklyn, NY/Boys and Girls), Christine Moreau (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln) and Lauren Reddy (Walnut Creek, CA/Carondelet) were among 274 women from Division III to land on the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, while rising senior Merzudin Ibric (Revere, MA/Phillips Academy) was one of 186 men to draw an honor. 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.

Jules capped her career with the award after reaching All-America status during the 4x400-meter relay at the outdoor NCAA Championship. Calderwood, who also earned a USTFCCCA All-Academic accolade following her junior year, joined Moreau and Reddy in reaching a qualifying time for the national meet in the distance medley relay during the indoor season. Moreau also ran for indoor and outdoor 4x400M relay quartets that met NCAA times. A second-time honoree, Ibric competed in both the 4x100M and 4x400M relays at the outdoor NCAA Championship.

With a 3.11 cumulative GPA, the Wheaton men's team was one of 51 Division III programs to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic status, while the women were among 100 squads honored thanks to their 3.11 GPA. To be nominated, a team must carry a minimum 3.10 GPA, with the top award going to the program that had the combination of best GPA and overall finish at the indoor or outdoor NCAA Championships.