Cross Country Boasts 11 MWC Scholar Athletes
June 27, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force cross country team saw 11 of its own named Mountain West Conference Scholar Athletes, the league office announced today (June 27). The team was represented by two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. There were some of the 59 Academy athletes honored with this distinction.
To be considered a Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete, they must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, completed at least two academic semesters and earned at least one varsity letter for their respective teams.
Team captains in 2006, Margaret Frash and Jason Beck graduated from the Academy with respective grade point averages of 3.78 (aeronautical engineering) and 3.54 (legal studies). Junior Kenny Grosselin led the non-freshmen selection with a 3.96 GPA in mathematics, while classmate Josh Van Wyngaarden held a 3.63 in biology.
The three sophomore representatives - Daniel Castle (3.73), Joe Curran (3.83) and Justin Mason (3.63) are all aeronautical engineering majors. The largest group of cross country scholar athletes is the youngest. Backed by Brittany Morreale's 3.99 GPA in physics, the Falcons are represented by Austin Fritzke (3.81-undeclared), Arthur Grijalva (3.57-undeclared) and Zach Nordahl (3.64-civil engineering).
As a program, the men's and women's teams also earned Division I All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association earlier this year.