Penk receives USTFCCCA All-Academic award; men's and women's XC named All-Academic Teams

Cross country USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and individual graphic

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College men's and women's cross country were each named All-Academic Teams for the 2017 season by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday, for their achievements in the classroom during the Fall 2017 season.

In addition, Quaker men's cross country runner Gabe Penk (Portland, Ore./Wilson) was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic athlete for the 2017 campaign. He was one of 668 Division III student-athletes to be recognized for the award, which goes to individuals who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and finish in the top 25 percent at the NCAA regional meet.

Penk finished 29th overall at the 2017 NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship, posting a time of 26:13.3 in the 8K race.

Earlham men's cross country was one of 167 Division III men's teams to be recognized by the USTFCCCA as an All-Academic Team, a distinction that goes to squads that score at the NCAA regional meet and have a team cumulative GPA of 3.10 or better. The Quaker women's cross country team was one of 221 Division III women's teams to receive the honor.

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