Close, Pickering, Potts Earn Individual Honors
Team Receives All-Academic Team Designation
GORHAM, Maine -- The United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday that 627 NCAA Division III women, including three members of the University of Southern Maine team, have earned its annual individual All-Academic distinction for the 2017-18 academic year.
USM female athletes receiving USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for 2017-18 are junior Emily Close (Orleans, Vt./Lake Region Union) and sophomores Allison Pickering (Orono, Maine) and Jhanel Potts (Boston, Mass./Concord-Carlisle). Close and Potts are receiving the honor for the second straight year while Pickering is collecting her first award.
In addition to the individual accolades, the USTFCCCA also announced that 185 women's teams, including USM, had earned the All-Academic Team 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, and; 2. Finished the regular season ranked in the top 50 in an individual event or ranked in the top 35 in a relay event.
To receive the team award, the cumulative team GPA for all student-athletes who used a season of eligibility must be at least 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Southern Maine compiled a cumulative team GPA of 3.19.
Close competed in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this year and was ranked in the top 50 nationally in the indoor pentathlon (18th, 3,291 points at the New England Division III Championships on February 16) and the heptathlon (18th, 4,469 points at the New England Division III Championships on May 4-5). An exercise science major, Close has a cumulative GPA of 3.414.
Pickering was among the top 50 in the pole vault (tied 37th, 11-7 ¾ at the New England Division III Championships on February 16) during the indoor season. She is majoring in tourism and hospitality and has a 3.609 GPA.
Potts was ranked in the top 50 in the 60-meter dash indoors (tied 33rd, 7.81 seconds at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on March 3) and in the 100-meter dash outdoors (26th, 12.14 seconds at the New England Division III Championships). Potts has a 3.363 GPA majoring in nursing.
Since 2010-11, ten members of the USM women's track and field program have combined to earn 18 USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.