NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's cross country team had five student-athletes chosen to the CACC All-Academic Team released Friday by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Seniors Sergei Cendo and Ethan Fadale, juniors Greg Dawson and Zachary Samalonis and sophomore Ben Nardi all earned the award. Cendo and Fadale are three-time honorees, Dawson and Samalonis have earned the accolade twice and Nardi received the award for the first time.
To be eligible for the CACC All-Academic team, each student-athlete must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of immediate preceding term (may include summer for fall sport participants)
- Minimum of two semesters enrolled as full-time student at member institution
- Student-athlete must be second year student-athlete at member institution
- Student-athlete must have been athletically eligible the season preceding the award and used a season of eligibility.
Cendo is a construction management major with a 3.78 GPA. Dawson is an accounting student and has a 3.91 GPA. Fadale is majoring in physician's assistant studies and has a 3.83 GPA. Nardi has a 3.69 GPA and is studying landscape architecture while Samalonis is an industrial design student with a 3.64 GPA.
Cendo had his best 8K time of 28:14.5 and finished 13th at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship. He competed at the NCAA East Region Championships and ran the 10K course in 36:18.00. Cendo was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA).
Dawson's best time was at the Paul Short Run, where he clocked a 29:21. He finished in 37:46.50 at the NCAA East Region Championships. Dawson was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the D2 ADA.
Fadale won the Osprey Open with a top mark of 26:39.9. It was the Rams' best time of the season. Fadale also placed in the top five at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Invitational, Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championship and CACC Championship. The senior was an All-CACC selection with his third-place finish (27:28.0) at the conference meet. Fadale also garnered All-Region honors with a 23rd place (33:38.10) at the NCAA East Region Championships. Fadale was a member of the 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team and was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the D2 ADA. He was chosen the CACC Runner of the Week on October 2 and was named to the CACC Honor Roll four times.
Nardi recorded his best run at the Osprey Open, coming in at 27:51.4. He was named All-CACC after placing 11th (28:23.3) at the CACC Championships. The sophomore competed at the NCAA East Region Championships, finishing in 34:21.00.
Samalonis' top time was 30:35.7 at the Osprey Open. He was a 2017-18 recipient of the Academic Achievement Award by the D2 ADA.