Panthers recognized for success in the classroom
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's track & field program was recognized with All-Academic Team honors for the indoor and outdoor season, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Panthers posted an impressive 3.32 team GPA to earn the honor for the first time. To be considered a program must record a cumulative team GPA of at least a 3.10 (on a 4.0 scale) for all student-athletes who used a season of eligibility over the 2016-17 season.
Plymouth State, one of 183 NCAA Division III women's programs to be recognized, was honored along with three other Little East Conference (LEC) member schools.
"I'm always please to have our team recognized for their academic achievements," said second-year head coach John Ostler. "As a program, we emphasize excellence in the classroom when making our goals at the beginning of the season. I'm proud of our women and their ability to compete at a high level and still prioritize what's most important about their time at Plymouth State, their education." Ostler also saw his men's and women's cross country teams earn the same honors last fall.
The Plymouth State program completed its second season as a varsity sport in May. Sophomore Selena Baillargeon (Saranac, N.Y.) became the program's first All-New England honoree after placing eighth in the shot put at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships at Williams College. The Panthers also saw sophomore Nora Robichaud (Hampstead, N.H.) take 15th in the 400 meter hurdles in school-record time, while classmate Diana Perez (Cranston, R.I.) finished 19th in the long jump.
PSU was also represented at the New England Championships by the relay team of junior Rileigh Goulette (Saint Albans, Vt.), freshman Eve Bagley (Holliston, Mass.) and sophomores Jess Conant (Canton, Maine) and Jennifer Marcus (Eliot, Maine). The foursome placed 13th in the 4x800 meter relay.
A full list of the DIII All-Academic Teams can be found on the USTFCCCA website, www.ustfccca.org.
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