Patriot League student-athletes and teams honored for academic success by USTFCCCA

Navy's Cody Rome

July 30, 2012

Center Valley, Pa. - 11 Patriot League student-athletes, six men and five women, were named to the Division I All-Academic U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Team.

Meanwhile, four women's teams and three men's squads earned All-Academic status from USTFCCCA for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Bucknell teammates, Robert Arent and Leonard Joseph, Colgate's Christopher Johnson, Navy's Cody Rome, and Lehigh teammates, Kyle Forrest and Evans Kosgei were all named to the men's team. Joseph and Kosgei were named to the team for the second straight year. Rome was named Male Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete last year, while Arent, Johnson, and Forrest were alslo named to the Academic All-Patriot League team. The six student-athletes were among 431 from 148 institutions named to the team.

Army's Lisa Junta, Bucknell's Tayler Siegrist, Colgate's Chelsea Burns, Lafayette's Rachel Pena, and Lehigh's Katherine Pierce represent the Patriot League on the women's team. Siegrist is honored by the USTFCCCA for the second year in a row. Pierce was the only female named to the Academic All-Patriot League team last season. They were among a record breaking 676 student-athletes from 171 institutions named to the team.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Bucknell, Colgate, Lafayette, and Lehigh were among 171 institutions whose women's programs earned All-Academic status posting a GPA of 3.00 or better. Colgate led the women with a 3.40 GPA, while Bucknell and Lafayette were a close second with 3.39. Lehigh posted a 3.14 GPA.

Bucknell, Lafayette, and Army were named All-Academic squads on the men's side, with Lafayette leading the way posting a 3.28 GPA. Bucknell came in second with a 3.16 and Army followed with a 3.06. The three schools were among 85 institutions to earn the All-Academic honor.