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2019 USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Men’s Track & Field Athlete Academic Awards

NEW ORLEANSZach Lee of UW-Platteville (Men’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year), Dhruvil Patel of North Central (Ill.) (Men’s Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year) and Will Daniels of Central (Iowa) (Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year) were honored on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Combining their accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, these four men were the most exceptional among a group of 462 men from NCAA Division III who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing individual at the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those athletes who won individual NCAA titles ranked higher in the tiebreaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final advantage.

Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor seasons, hence the four categories.

Men’s Indoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Indoor Track
Indoor Field
2019
Zach Lee, UW-Platteville
Will Daniels, Central (Iowa)
2018
Dhruvil Patel, North Central (Ill.)
Will Daniels, Central (Iowa)
2017
Deko Ricketts, Washington (Mo.)
Robert Eason, Rhodes College
2016
Josh Thorson, UW-Eau Claire
Tyler Burdoff, Baldwin Wallace
2015
Paul Escher, St. Olaf
Colt Feltes, Wartburg
2014
John Crain, North Central (Ill.)
Sean Donnelly, Mount Union
2013
Chris Stadler, Haverford
Zach Ferrara, Brockport
2012
Tim Nelson, UW-Stout
Tyler Genovese, UW-Eau Claire
2011
Ben Scheetz, Amherst
Kevin Coyle, Springfield (Mass.)
2010
Steve Headley, Springfield (Mass.)
Todd Wildman, Trinity (Texas)
2009
Dallas Vincent, UW-La Crosse
Sam Johnson, UW-Eau Claire
2008
Jon Schellin, UW-Whitewater
Cody Stelzer, Whitworth

Lee, a senior from Franklin, Wisconsin, had a cumulative GPA of 3.76. He starred at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships with an individual title in the mile. Lee is the first athlete in program history to be named Men’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Men’s Outdoor Scholar Athlete Award History

Year
Outdoor Track
Outdoor Field
2019
Dhruvil Patel, North Central (Ill.)
Will Daniels, Central (Iowa)
2018
Mark Fairley, Central (Iowa)
Tobias Muellers, Williams
2017
Deko Ricketts, Washington (Mo.)
Theron Baumann, UW-Whitewater
2016
Daniel Pietsch, Emory
Max Leonard, Illinois Wesleyan
2015
Paul Escher, St. Olaf
Travon Godette, Westfield State
2014
Mike LeDuc, Conn. College
Sean Donnelly, Mount Union
2013
Mike LeDuc, Conn. College
Tom Postema, Defiance
2012
Tim Nelson, UW-Stout
Tim VanLiew, Rutgers-Camden
2011
Alden Black, Springfield (Mass.)
Peter Geraghty, North Central (Ill.)
2010
Connor Kamm, Williams
Brock Solveson, Concordia (Wis.)
2009
Brian Harvey, Carnegie Mellon
Brock Solveson, Concordia (Wis.)
2008
Andy Hodge, Wartburg
Fritz Nugent, Redlands

Patel, a senior from Skokie, Illinois, had a cumulative GPA of 3.67. He starred at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships with individual titles in the 5000 and 10,000. This is the first time that an athlete from North Central (Ill.) has been named Men’s Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. Patel was the Men’s Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2018.

Daniels, a junior from Geneseo, Illinois, had a cumulative GPA of 3.99. He made quick work of the competition in the combined events as he won individual titles in the heptathlon and the decathlon. This is the second year in a row that Daniels was named Men’s Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year and the first time that he was named Men’s Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. Daniels is the first athlete to sweep these honors since Mount Union’s Sean Donnelly in 2014.

All-Academic Individuals

Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 462 men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the 2018-19 track & field seasons.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards:

  • Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
  • Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.

See below for a full list of men’s athletes honored on Monday.

2019 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals
NCAA Division III Men’s Track & Field

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