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USTFCCCA Names Celen National Scholar-Athlete of the Year

USTFCCCA Names Celen National Scholar-Athlete of the Year

2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals & Scholar Athletes of the Year – NCAA D-III

Amber Celen was named the D-III Scholar Athlete of the Year, and three other Eagles earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

Celen of Bridgewater (Va.), Taryn Cordani of Ithaca, Katherine Pitman of Ithaca, Emily Richards of Ohio Northern and Brandy Smith of Ithaca were named Female Scholar Athletes of the Year in NCAA Division III Track & Field on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Combining their accomplishments in the classroom and in competition during the recently completed academic year, these five were the most exceptional among a group of 608 women who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing performers at the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved All-Academic status. Those who won individual championship titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final advantage.

Celen and Cordani both won two individual titles at the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships and earned 4.0 GPAs in the process. That was more than enough reason for them both to be named Co-Female Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. Celen, a junior who double majors in Communications and Sociology, captured the 100- and 200-meter crowns, while Cordani, a junior who is majoring in Integrated Marketing and Communications, swept the distance crowns.

Joining Celen in earning All-Academic honors were senior Katelyn Senger, junior Courtney Adams and junior Maryellen Hauver.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
- Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship
- Finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.

Finally, the Eagles also earned All-Academic Team honors, for having a team GPA over 3.00.