NEW ORLEANS -- Covenant men's cross country runner Eliot Kaufmann and both the men's and women's cross country programs were honored recently by the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) for their academic exploits.
Kaufmann was named to the All-Academic team, which requires that honorees have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or greater and finish among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships.
Kaufmann, a freshman majoring in English, had an outstanding rookie campaign. The New York native, was named USA South Runner and Rookie of the Year, just the second time in conference history that a freshman took both honors in the same year. He was also named the conference's Rookie of the Week six times and Runner of the Week four times. In the regional meet, Kaufmann placed 34th and he, along with teammate Graham Massot, became the first Covenant runners to earn all-region at the NCAA Division III level.
For a second straight year, both programs were honored as All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA. Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA or 3.10 or greater and competed in at least five different meets with at least five runners representing their school at each in order to qualify. The men's team had a combined GPA of 3.34, while the women boasted a GPA of 3.38.
A total of 152 Division III men's programs qualified for All-Academic Team honors, while there were 211 women's teams.