Helderman, Hoyle, Moody Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
GORHAM, Maine -- Three members of the University of Southern Maine 2018-19 men's track and field team - senior Ron Helderman (Madison, Maine), sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and senior C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) - are among the 462 NCAA Division III athletes from across the nation to earn USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association) Men's Track and Field All-Academic honors. The USTFCCCA office released the complete list Monday afternoon.
In addition to the three individual honors, for the first time in the history the men's program, the team received the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honor. The Huskies compiled a cumulative team GPA of 3.12 to surpass the qualifying standard of 3.10 on a 4.00 scale. USM is one of the 113 Division III teams in the nation to receive the honor.
To qualify for individual 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 and Outdoor Championships. He earned All-American honors at both championships. He also was ranked in the top 50 nationally in the 800 indoors (second, 1:50.08 at the New England Division III Championships meet on February 22) and outdoors (10th, 1:51.45 at the New England Division III Championships on May 12). A history major, Hoyle has complied a 3.794 cumulative GPA.
Moody earned his honor by competing in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March where he earned All-American honors, and the decathlon at the Outdoor Championships in May. He finished the indoor regular season ranked seventh in the heptathlon (4,990 points at the New England Division III Championships) and 16th in the decathlon (6,477 points at the NEICAAA New England Outdoor Championships). A nursing major, Moody has a 3.866 cumulative GPA.
Helderman collected his honor by finishing the indoor season ranked seventh in the pole vault (4.95 meters/16-2¾ at the B.U. Valentine Invitational) and 30th in the outdoor season (4.73 meters/15-6¼ at the Williams Final Qualifier on May 15). A fifth-year senior, Helderman completed his second degree in biochemistry this spring with a 3.649 GPA. He received his first degree in biology in May 2018.
This is the second straight year that Hoyle and Moody have received the honor. Helderman is earning the individual honor for the first time, bringing the total number of USM men to receive the award to eight. Others to receive the USTFCCCA All-Academic honor include Curtis Wheeler in 2006-07 and 2007-08, Nick Wheeler in 2007-08, Justin Richardson in 2009-10, Evan Davis in 2010-11, and Jake Moore in the 2011-12.