Curbelo and Verduzco named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released today the All-Academic team's for both the men and women and Whittier College saw both Kevin Curbelo and Christine Verduzco achieve recognition.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
On the men's side a total of 226 student-athletes representing 84 institutions composed the group. For the second-straight year, Haverford, with 12 named to the All-Academic Team, led all teams in the country in the category. UW-La Crosse (10), North Central (Ill.) (9), UW-Eau Claire (8), St. Thomas (Minn.) (8), Augustana (Ill.) (8), and MIT (8) followed.
This marks the second time Curbelo, a junior from Whittier, Calif. grabbed All-Academic Honors after leading the team to a strong finish after becoming an All-American in the 400m for the second straight year.
On the women's side a total of 340 student-athletes representing 107 institutions composed the group. Wartburg and Williams each had 12 named to the All-Academic Team to lead the country in the category. MIT had the third-most with 11 and were followed by St. Thomas (Minn.), Illinois Wesleyan, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-La Crosse who each had ten.
Verduzco earns this All-Academic Honor for the first time in her collegiate career and enters her senior year after breaking the 31 year old 10,000m record in 2012. The Montebello, Calif. native led a Poet squad that saw five records broken and an NCAA All-American emerge in the discus.