NEW ORLEANS – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's cross country team earned the All-Academic Team Award from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association this week.
The All-Academic Team Award goes to programs that had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and scored at a NCAA Division II regional meet during the season. The Rams posted a 3.36 team GPA and placed 11th at the NCAA East Region Championship. Jefferson was one of 196 teams to receive the honor.
In addition, senior Ethan Fadale and sophomore Ben Nardi garnered individual recognition. They were two of 649 total student-athletes to earn individual All-Academic honors. In order to qualify, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championship meet.
Fadale is a health sciences major with a 3.81 GPA. He garnered All-Region honors with a 23rd place (33:38.10) at the NCAA East Region Championships. The senior was an All-CACC selection with his third-place finish (27:28.0) at the conference meet. Fadale won the Osprey Open with a top mark of 26:39.9 and it was the Rams' best time of the season. He 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. Fadale also earned a spot on the CACC All-Academic Team. He was chosen the CACC Runner of the Week on October 2 and was named to the CACC Honor Roll four times.
Nardi has a 3.59 GPA in landscape architecture. The sophomore competed at the NCAA East Region Championships, finishing 39th in 34:21.00. He recorded his best run at the Osprey Open, coming in at 27:51.4. Nardi was named All-CACC after placing 11th (28:23.3) at the CACC Championships. He was a member of the CACC All-Academic Team.