Cardinals Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Accolades

Cardinals Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Accolades

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Catholic University men's and women's track and field teams both received USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors for the 2018-19 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons on Tuesday. In addition, seniors Andrea Galeano and Kiera Lyons both earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

In order to be an All-Academic Team, a program must have at least a 3.10 cumulative team grade-point average.

In the first season under Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Steve Rahn, the Catholic women's track and field team boasted a 3.49 GPA. The Cardinals had the second-highest grade-point average in the Landmark Conference, trailing only defending champion Moravian who had a 3.61.

Meanwhile, the men owned the highest GPA in the Landmark Conference with a 3.42, placing the Cards ahead of Elizabethtown (3.38) and defending champion Moravian (3.11).

This year marks the fourth consecutive season that both the men and women's teams have been honored as All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have competed in an NCAA Championship meet or finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.

Galeano became the program's first indoor All-American, finishing sixth in the weight throw at the NCAA Championships after being named the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year. She posted the region's top mark in the weight throw and the eighth-best in the nation.

Galeano also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors as a sophomore after qualifying in the weight throw for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with the nation's ninth-best mark.

Lyons, who was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® Team, finished with the South/Southeast Region's fourth-fastest time in the steeplechase and the 44th-best in the nation.