St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 14, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's and women's cross country teams combined to have 12 student-athletes garner NCAA Division III All-Academic honors for the 2018 season in addition to both teams being recognized with All-Academic team statuses, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday afternoon.
The 2018 DIII National Champion women's cross country team boasted a grade point average of 3.72 and was awarded the USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year honor. WashU had the 12th highest GPA of qualifying DIII women's programs, including the top mark in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Bears had seven women honored, as student-athletes recognized possess a GPA of 3.30 or higher in addition to finishing in the top 25 percent (top 63) of their respective Regional Championship or the top 50 percent (top 139) at the National Championship.
Junior Paige Lawler was awarded the NCAA DIII Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year award by the USTFCCCA. The Lexington, Mass.-native solidified her place in Bears history by crossing the finish line in 20:55.0 and becoming the first individual national champion, during a race which every placement was crucial in the team's national title. In addition, Lawler has a 3.48 GPA while majoring in biology.
The 2018 DIII National Championship runner-up men's cross country team combined for a 3.57 GPA which was also the 12th highest and second-best of UAA programs. There were five men to qualify with the minimum standards of 3.30 or better GPA and/or regional (top 63) or championship (top 140) success.
Senior Lisa Gorham, Lawler and junior Sophie Watterson earned the honor for the second consecutive season. Sophomore Megan Girmscheid, freshman Gabby McGinn and sophomore Katie Snodgrass were awarded the distinction for the first times in their career. Graduate Aly Wayne made a triumphant return to the cross country competition after being unable to compete her senior season and was rewarded with her third honor.
Graduate David O'Gara earned the All-Academic accolade for the fourth time in his career, while graduate Kirby Simon and junior Nick Matteucci were highlighted for the third time. Junior Marco Quaroni garnered the distinction for the second straight season and sophomore Joe Stover earned the accomplishment for the first time in his career.
Megan Girmscheid – 3.90 GPA while double majoring in math and psychology and finished 30th at regionals (22:55.0) and 112th at nationals (22:38.3).
Lisa Gorham – 3.95 GPA while majoring in psychological brain sciences and placed 13th at regionals (22:14.7) and 29th at nationals (21:49.6).
Paige Lawler – 3.48 GPA while majoring in biology and finished second at regionals (21:23.2) before claiming the individual national title (20:55.0) at the DIII Championship race in Winneconne, Wis.
Nick Matteucci – 4.00 GPA while majoring in chemical engineering and placed 14th at regionals (25:01.1) and 10th at nationals (24:43.9).
Gabby McGinn – 3.79 GPA as an undecided major while finishing 33rd at regionals (22:55.0).
David O'Gara – 3.67 GPA while majoring in systems engineering and placed 36th at regionals (25:38.6) and 44th at nationals (25:02.8).
Marco Quaroni – 3.62 GPA while double majoring in economics & strategy and marketing and finished 48th at regionals (25:52.0).
Kirby Simon – 3.83 GPA while double majoring in materials science and engineering and placed 77th at nationals (25:27.9).
Katie Snodgrass – 3.96 GPA while majoring in cognitive neuroscience and finished 33rd at regionals (22:59.8).
Joe Stover – 3.88 GPA while double majoring in finance and accounting and placed 20th at regionals (25:16.3) and 56th at nationals (25:12.8).
Sophie Watterson – 3.80 GPA while double majoring in environmental policy and Spanish and finished sixth at regionals (22:00.6) and 13th at nationals (21:31.2).
Aly Wayne – 4.00 GPA while working towards a Master's degree in chemistry and placed seventh at regionals (22:03.0) and seventh at nationals (21:12.6).