GORHAM, Maine -- Two members of the University of Southern Maine 2017-18 men's track and field team - freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and junior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) - are among the 408 Division III athletes from across the nation to earn USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association) All-Academic honors. The USTFCCCA office released the list Thursday morning.
To qualify to USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, an athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher and met at least one of the following athletic standards: 1. Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship; 2. Finished the regular season ranked in the top 50 in an individual event or ranked in the top 35 in a relay event.
Hoyle met the athletic standard by competing in the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He also was ranked in the top 50 nationally in the 800 both indoors (7th, 1:51.87 at the Maine State Open meet on February 23) and outdoors (21st, 1:51.68 at the MIT Final Qualifying Meet on May 17). A history major, Hoyle has complied a 3.852 cumulative GPA.
Moody earned his honor finishing the indoor season ranked 25th in the heptathlon with 4,688 points at the New England Division III Championships. A nursing major, Moody has a 3.839 cumulative GPA.
Hoyle and Moody are the sixth and seventh members of the USM men's track and field program to receive the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor, and the first since Jake Moore was honored in the 2011-12 academic year. Others to receive the annual honor include Curtis Wheeler (twice), Nick Wheeler, Justin Richardson and Evan Davis.