Cross Country Collects Multiple Academic Accolades

Cross Country Collects Multiple Academic Accolades

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh cross country team collected numerous academic accolades this past week. On Thursday, the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named junior Winnie Incorvaia as an All-Academic Athlete. In order to receive All-Academic status, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the top-25 at the NCAA Regional Championships or as an All-American at the NCAA Championships. Incorvaia boasts a 3.39 GPA while majoring in neuroscience and biology. The Garnet Valley, Pa. native finished in 22nd place at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, earning All-Region honors for her time of 20:31.5 in the 6k race.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams were named as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams. To qualify for All-Academic distinction, the teams must have an average cumulative GPA over a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The men’s cross country team had a collective 3.22 GPA at the culmination of the fall semester. The women’s cross country team boasted a 3.61 GPA, the highest of all teams at Pitt.

A day later, the Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2023 All-ACC Academic Team awards. The conference named 229 cross country student-athletes to the 2023 All-ACC Cross Country Academic Team, sixteen of which came from Pitt. The academic requirements for this award are a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA during one’s academic career. Additionally, student athletes must have competed in either the ACC Championship or NCAA Championship in the sport of cross country.

On the men’s side, Quintin Gatons, Luke Henseler, Ethan Maher, Jack Miller, Sam Otis, and Finn Walsh were named to the All-ACC Academic Team. It was the first time for Gatons, Henseler, and Walsh, the second achievement for Maher and Otis, and the third consecutive nomination for Miller.

The women’s All-ACC Academic selections include Ellen Baker, Emily Brown, Olivia Bufalini, Gianna Cagliola, Sadie Carey-Tharp, Anna Cohen, Reagan Flannery, Winnie Incorvaia, Camy Kiser, and Caroline Rusinski. Bufalini, Carey-Tharp, and Kiser received the nomination for the first time, while Baker, Cagliola, Cohen, Flannery, Incorvaia and Rusinski were honored for the second time in their careers. 

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