NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Two members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's outdoor track and field team and the Corsair women's track team have earned academic honors.
Junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, MA/Agawam HS) and sophomore Krista Chauvin (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS/Stonehill) and the UMD women's team earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Corsairs qualified for team honors by posting an overall grade point average of 3.1 Van Ness and Chauvin each had to have a 3.3 GPA, and have marks that ranked in the top 35 of their event nationally.
The UMD women posted a 3.34 GPA and were one of 137 teams honored in Division III.
Chauvin had the seventh best throw in the nation in the hammer, and ranked 26th in the discus, while Van Ness ranked 35th nationally in the 60 meter dash.
"This shows the quality of student-athletes that we have in our women's program, since we had a team of 30 student-athletes who had a GPA that was well in excess of the number they needed," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner, "It really speaks volumes for our women's program and their commitment to their studies, as well as how well Jillian and Krista combined excellence in their events and in the classroom."
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