NEW ORLEANS -- Mount Union's women's track and field team and men's and women's individuals have earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Purple Raider women's team posted a 3.37 cumulative grade point average as one of 209 NCAA Division III teams to post at least a 3.10 team gpa to earn the award.
For an individual to earn All-Academic accolades, they must have at least a 3.30 grade point average and been among the top 50 individuals or top 35 relay teams in their respective events.
Five Mount Union women claimed the honor in seniors Katie Durisin (Painesville / Riverside) and Sarah Mason (Alliance / Marlington), junior Brit McCauley (Ontario), sophomore Emily Phillips (Biology) and freshman Kenadee Wayt (Wheeling, W.Va. / Wheeling Central Catholic).
Durisin, Mason and McCauley were all members of a distance medley relay team that was 12th in the nation. Durisin was also ranked 46th nationally in the mile, while Mason was 39th in the 800 meters and part of the 31st ranked 4x400 meter relay team. Both Durisin and Mason graduated with bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science.
McCauley is a Biology major while Wayt is an undeclared major who was 27th nationally in the 60 meter dash.
On the men's side, four individuals got All-Academic honors in seniors James Roth (Massillon / Perry) and Mason Plant (Shreve / Triway) along with sophomore Dylon Campbell (Cuyahoga Falls) and freshman Brody Coleman (Knox, Pa. / Keystone).
Roth was part of the 11th ranked 4x400 meter relay team and 13th in the 400 meters as he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Plant had posted the top time in the nation in the 60 meter hurdles and graduated with a degree in Marketing.
Campbell is a Biology major, who was 49th in the 400 meters while Coleman is a Nursing major who sat 29th in the triple jump.