GORHAM, Maine -- Two members of the University of Southern Maine men's cross country team - freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and sophomore Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) - have earned spots on the recently announced U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Individual All-Academic Awards list.
There were 668 men and women student-athletes named USTFCCCA All-Academic for the 2017 cross country season. In order to qualify for the honor, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.
At the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by USM at the Gorham Country Club in November, the pair helped USM post its first top 10 finish since 2009. Vincent, a biology major with a 3.684 cumulative grade point average (GPA), earned All-Region honors (top 35) by finishing 17th overall with his time of 25 minutes, 52.3 seconds. Hoyle, who is majoring in history and has a 3.769 GPA, crossed the line in the 82nd spot in 26:54.5.
Hoyle and Vincent are the first USM men's cross country runners to receive the USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Award since Justin Richardson earned the honor in 2008. Hoyle and Vincent join Richardson, Nick Downing (2006, 2007), Curtis Wheeler (2005, 2006, 2007) and Nick Wheeler (2007) on the USM list of recipients.