Three Patriot Leaguers Named to Capital One Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Team

Army's Kendall Ward

June 26, 2014

Capital One Academic All-America Division I Track and Field/Cross Country Teams

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot Leaguers were selected to the Capital One Academic All-America squad in track and field/cross country on Thursday, with Navy's Brett Bogaard and Thomas Buffone and Army's Kendall Ward each making the men's second team.

The teams were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). All three honorees advanced to the national ballot when they were among seven Patriot Leaguers named to the Academic All-District squad last month.

Bogaard held a cumulative 3.95 grade-point average as a Quantitative Economics major at Navy before graduating last month, while Buffone maintains a 4.00 mark while majoring in Physics entering his senior year in 2014-15. Ward graduated with a 3.96 GPA as an Economics major at West Point.

All three student-athletes received honors from the Patriot League in addition to their national awards. Bogaard made the Academic All-Patriot League Team in both the indoor and outdoor season in each of the last two years, while Buffone was an Academic All-League pick in the outdoor season for the past two years. Ward was named this season's Patriot League Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and made a pair of Academic All-League Teams in that sport as well as this year's outdoor track squad.

To be eligible for Academic AllÂ?-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

View all of the honorees announced on Thursday on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Track and Field/Cross Country Teams

The announcement marked the final Capital One Academic All-America Team of the 2013-14 season. Fifteen Patriot League student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America recognition in the past season, including first-team accolades for Fordham's Brett Biestek (Football), Bucknell's Joe Meyer (Men's Soccer) and Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner (Women's Soccer).