Men's cross country earns All-Academic distinction from USTFCCCA

Bates men's cross country shared the Division III lead with six team members earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors on Feb. 19, 2016. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

NEW ORLEANS -- Bates men's cross country was named a 2015 Division III Men's All-Academic Team Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Friday, with a whopping six team members also earning individual All-Academic honors.

Bates is one of four institutions with six All-Academic honorees, along with Tufts, Williams and the University of Chicago.

The Bobcats' team grade point average of 3.367 made it one of 151 Division III teams at the 3.1 mark and above.

In total, 268 men from 151 teams nabbed individual USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. To earn that distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and finish in the top 25 percent at their respective regional.

The six men from Bates who achieved that distinction were senior All-American Allen Sumrall (Albuquerque, N.M.), senior Gregg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.), junior Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.), junior Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.), sophomore Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) and junior Joe Doyle (Glastonbury, Conn.).

2015 NCAA DIII Cross Country Team Academic Awards 

2015 NCAA DIII Cross Country Individual Academic Awards