The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday (July 22) that the Lewis University men's track and field team, led by nine USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status.
In order to qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2013-14 school year. The Flyers checked in with a 3.14 GPA.
Helping the Flyers' cause was the performance of nine USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, including senior Mike Gallagher (Poplar Grove, Ill./Rockford Lutheran), junior Jared Harkness (Elmwood, Ill./Elmwood), junior Matt Jemilo (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park), senior Nick Juhas (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove), junior Dan Lentz (Minooka, Ill./Minooka), junior Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), freshman Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac), senior Sean Smith (Winnebago, Ill./Winnebago) and senior Robert Sterling (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice).
All nine of those student-athletes notched both a 3.25 cumulative GPA for the 2013-14 school year and reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor season.
"This caps off a great year for us," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We had so much success on the track, it's great to see that we were also stellar in the classroom."
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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