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Hopkins Named USTFCCCA Division III Scholar Team of the Year

Feb. 16, 2018

 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
Official USTFCCCA Release

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Johns Hopkins women’s cross country team was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Scholar Team of the Year for the 2017 cross country season. This is the fifth time in the last six years that the Blue Jays have won the award.

The national champion Blue Jays led 216 All-Academic women’s teams. The distinction is won by being the highest-finishing team at the NCAA Championship meet to hold at least a 3.1 team cumulative GPA. JHU won its fifth championship in November by 95 points over second place UW-Eau Claire. Johns Hopkins placed six runners in the top-60, led by All-Americans Ellie Clawson (third), Natalia LaSpada (23rd) and Therese Olshanski (29th).

Johns Hopkins posted a team GPA of 3.57 and seven athletes earned All-Academic honors. Clawson, Rebecca Grusby, Lauren Jacob, LaSpada, Kristin Meek, Olshanski and Caroline Smith were all honored for their achievements both in the classroom and on the grass. Student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and finish in the top-25 percent of an NCAA event.

Clawson, who won the regional event, has a 3.55 GPA as a neuroscience major while Grusby, who finished 17th at regionals and 48th at NCAAs, has a 3.65 GPA as a chemical and biomedical engineering major. Jacob, a mechanical engineering major, has a 3.45 GPA and finished 22nd at regionals. LaSapda earned a 3.72 GPA with majors in public health and psychology while Meek, also a public health major, had a GPA of 3.44 and earned a 16th place finish in the regional race. Olshanski finished fourth at regionals and boasts a 3.41 GPA with as a neuroscience major while Smith, who finished fifth at regionals and 56th at NCAAs, has a 3.61 GPA with a major in behavioral biology.

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