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Nicholas, Rafter Named USTFCCCA Track & Field All-Academic Athletes; Blue Devils Also Earn Team Awards

The USTFCCCA honored CCSU track and field for their team academic success as well as Eddie Nicholas and Angie Rafter earning All-Academic Athletes for individual success on the track and in the classroom.
The USTFCCCA honored CCSU track and field for their team academic success as well as Eddie Nicholas and Angie Rafter earning All-Academic Athletes for individual success on the track and in the classroom.

The Central Connecticut men's and women's track and field teams were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their academic performance during the 2021-22 school year with the All-Academic Team Award it was announced on July 19th.

USTFCCCA Academic Awards Release

Eddie Nicholas and Angie Rafter received individual acclaim, earning Track & Field All-Academic Athletes recognition. This honor is presented to student-athletes that maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have produced rankings in the top-96 in an indoor individual championship event or participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Nicholas, a Biology major, competed at the 2022 East Regional in the 3000m Steeplechase, finishing in 9:05.97, good for 32nd place in the region. Rafter, a Psychology major, competed in the 5,000m and 10,000m races at the regional, placing 29th (35:41.48) and 32nd (16:20.93) respectively.

In order to be selected as an All-Academic Team the cumulative GPA for all student-athletes on the institution's NCAA Squad List for Indoor and/or Outdoor Track and Field must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Central women's team had a 3.23 GPA, while the men's team posted a 3.05 grade point average. The teams combined for 56 NEC Academic Honor Roll selections this season, with 3.20 or higher GPA, with 25 student-athletes boasting selection to the NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll, for GPA's of 3.70 or higher.

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