NEW ORLEANS –Florida Southern College men's and women's track programs were named all-Academic Teams for the 2018-19 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday. The men's program was second in the nation with a team grade-point average of 3.44, while the women were seventh nationally with a 3.59 team GPA.
This is the fourth-straight year that both teams have been named all-Academic Team.
The men's track program was led by Google Cloud Academic all-District team member Josh Wagner, an exercise science major with a 3.63 undergraduate cumulative GPA. The sophomore from Marco Island, Fla. earned honors for cross country this past fall with USTFCCCA all-Academic and all-Region selections, as well as all-SSC first team and all-SSC Championship selections.
The sophomore also set a school record for track in the 1000m, running a 2:34.62 at the Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge on Jan. 19. Wagner had the ninth-fastest performance in school history in the 5000m with a 14:55.99 time on April 13 at the Bison Outdoor Classic, the fourth-fastest performance in school history in the 3000m with an 8:34.56 time at the ERAU Indoor/Outdoor Challenge and the 10th-fastest performance in the 800m with a 1:56.77 time on April 20 at the South Florida Invitational.
This is the first USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award under head coach Matt Levassiur and the fifth in team history (2010, 2011, 2016-2019).
The women's track program was led by Google Cloud Academic all-America and Google Cloud Academic all-region selections Addison Cantor and Hannah Flemming.
Cantor, a double major in biochemistry and molecular biology, boasts an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 4.00. The sophomore from Davidson, N.C. earned honors for cross country this past fall with USTFCCCA all-academic and all-region selections, as well as all-SSC first team and all-SSC Championship selections.
Cantor set a school record for track this season on March 16 in the 3000m at the Black and Gold Challenge (10:27.26). Cantor was the 2018 MVP for women's track last season, setting the school record for the 10000m run at the Bison Outdoor Classic on April 14 (37:12.65). She earned numerous awards this academic year, including the 2019 FSC Scholar-Athlete award for women's cross country and the SSC Runner of the Week award on October 8.
Flemming, a double major in philosophy and political science with a minor in pre-law, also boasts an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 4.00. The sophomore from Titusville, Fla. earned honors for cross country this past fall with USTFCCCA all-academic and all-region selections, as well as all-SSC first team and all-SSC Championship selections.
Flemming continued her sophomore campaign with a blazing spring outdoor track season, setting school records in the 5000m at the Bison Outdoor Classic on April 14 (17:30.58), the 1500m at the UNF Invitational on April 15 (4:42.40), and the 800m at the South Florida Collegiate Invitational on April 20 (2:17.63). Flemming was named to the USTFCCCA all-region team this season for her performances in the 1,500-meter run and the 5,000-meter run.
This is the first USTFCCCA all-academic team award under head coach Stephanie Bylander and the fifth in team history (2010, 2016-2019).
In total, 209 programs (130 women, 79 men) were honored by the USTFCCCA for their academic achievements. The women's program from Truman State had the highest cumulative GPA out of any NCAA DII institution at 3.63. The men's team with the highest cumulative GPA was Point Loma Nazarene University with a 3.53.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents thousands of coaching members encompassing NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA and NJCAA, as well as a number of state high school coaches associations.