NEW ORLEANS, La.—The Lake Erie College Cross Country teams earned academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Friday (Feb. 19) by the organization.
DJ Graham (Gomer, Ohio/Columbus Grove) was named a Division-II All-Academic honoree while the women's team was named a Division-II All-Academic Team.
"We're extremely proud of DJ and the women's team for their prowess in the classroom, and this is an honor for our program," said Storm Head Coach Grant Lofdahl.
The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.
"DJ is the only Storm student-athlete to have received an All-Academic award, this being his second one," continued Lofdahl. "He earned the same honor in 2013, and was redshirted in 2014. Our men barely missed the team award, by just a few percentage points, and I know this will motivate them to work even harder in the classroom to be an All-Academic team next year."
Graham had the top finish for the Storm men at the Midwest Regionals, finishing in 50th place with a time of 32:31.86. His time was the second best all-time by a Storm runner at the event.
Teams must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for All-Academic awards.
"The women have made big strides athletically during the fall and into track season, and academically they're what I would call an elite group," concluded Lofdahl. "The cumulative GPA for our seven who competed at regionals is 3.83."
Overall, the Storm women combined for a 3.68 GPA. That GPA was the 13th highest on the list of 137 schools and is the second highest total in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), trailing only Saginaw Valley State University by .013.