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Dartmouth, Mass. -- Two members of the UMass Dartmouth men’s track & field program have been honored for their work in the classroom, as senior John Kleczkowski (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and freshman Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass./Taunton) earned All-Academic accolades from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their efforts during the 2017-18 academic year.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have compiled a minimum cumulative 3.30 grade point average and met one of two criteria: competition in an NCAA indoor or outdoor championships or finishing the regular season ranked in the national top 50 in an individual event. Over 400 student-athletes across the country were recognized by the USTFCCCA with either Scholar-Athlete or All-Academic awards.
Both Kleczkowski and Volkmann finished the regular season ranked in the top 46 nationally in the javelin, as Kleczkowski’s mark of 193 feet (58.82 meters) was 26th and Volkmann was tied for the 46th spot at 187 feet (57.01 meters) in NCAA Division III competition.
Head Coach Steve Gardiner’s Corsairs posted a 22nd place team finish at the 2018 NCAA indoor national championships and followed that up with a 21st place performance in the outdoor competition, as UMass Dartmouth was ranked eighth nationally throughout the outdoor season. Gardiner coached three individuals to All-America accolades as well during the past year.