Blue Track & Field Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors; Bradbury, Marks Named All-Academic Athletes
NEW ORLEANS – Wellesley College track & field has been named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for the 2022 NCAA Division III Women's Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field seasons. In addition, recent graduates Maya Bradbury '22 (Freeport, Maine) and Ari Marks '22 (Eagle Point, Ore.) earned All-Academic Athlete distinction.
More than 150 teams were honored by the USTFCCCA. The Blue, under the guidance of Head Coach Phil Jennings, earned the distinction with a cumulative team GPA of 3.55. The Blue have earned the honor in each year since Wellesley added track & field as a varsity sport in 2010.
There were more than 500 athletes who were named All-Academic Athletes in NCAA Division III Women's Track & Field. Bradbury and Marks earned Scholar Athletes honors by earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and participating at the Indoor or Outdoor National Championships. Marks, a Political Science major, was the national runner-up in the 3000m and 5000m during the indoor season and the NCAA Division III national champion in both the 5000m and 10,000m at outdoor nationals. Bradbury, an Economics and Political Science major, made her first NCAA appearance at outdoor nationals, running in the 3000m steeplechase.
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is the non-profit professional organization that represents men's and women's cross country and track & field coaches in the United States. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members, including 94% of NCAA coaches. USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches' interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.
Wellesley Athletics strives for excellence at the conference, regional, and national levels, while providing opportunities for students to achieve their potential and learn the values of discipline, leadership, critical thinking, and responsibility to oneself and others.