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Track & Field Honored for Academic Excellence

Elijah Morton is the first men's track & field athlete to earn All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.
Elijah Morton is the first men's track & field athlete to earn All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Shenandoah University men's and women's outdoor track & field teams, as well as one student-athlete, have been honored for academics in selections announced Thursday morning by the USTFCCCA.

The SU men and women are two of 291 NCAA Division III teams to earn the All-Academic team accolade from the USTFCCCA this spring. The Hornet women had a 3.42 GPA with the men checking in a 3.16.

Rising junior Elijah Morton caps the honorees by earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. He is the first male track & field athlete in program history to earn this award.

The USTFCCCA recognized all teams achieving at least a 3.1 average GPA on a 4.0 scale. This is the 10th straight year that the SU women have earned the honor and the first-ever for the men.

Morton picks up the award for finishing in the top 50 nationally in the 100 and 200 meter sprints and posting a 3.60 GPA as a business administration major.

"We have come to expect the women to earn this award and it is great to see the men achieve their academic goals as well," head coach Andy Marrocco said.

"I am very proud of Elijah. He had a great year on the track and in the classroom and I expect that to continue this coming year."

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