NEW ORLEANS – Both the men's and women's cross country teams were awarded USTFCCCA All-Academic Team awards, as announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Thursday. Also honored were Kieran Tuntivate, Hugo Milner and Lisa Tertsch who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition.
In order to qualify for the honor, athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 (or 10 percent) at regionals or as an All-American in the national meet.
The men's team earned a 3.53 team GPA which was the highest among Ivy League schools and tied for the 10th best team GPA in the country while the women's team also led the Ancient Eight with a team GPA of 3.64. This is the second consecutive year both teams have led the Ivy League in team GPA.
Tuntivate, a senior from Wilmington, Delaware, became the first Ivy League champion from Harvard since 2013, finishing in 24:30.2 and placed second, earning all-region honors, at the NCAA Northeast Regional with a time of 32:32.4. He went on to finish just outside of All-American status, placing 47th at the NCAA Championships.
Milner earns All-Academic status for the second-straight year. In 2018, the Derby, United Kingdom native earned All-Ivy first team honors by finishing in third at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (24:32.3) and earned all-region honors by finishing in fifth at the NCAA Northeast Regional (32:50.7). He would go on to finish 65th at the NCAA DI Cross Country Championships with a time of 32:22.0.
Tertsch was the lone Harvard women's runner to garner All-Academic honors. She would finish earn All-Ivy first team honors with her third-place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships (20:50.0) and then earn all-region with a third-place finish and time of 21:40.4 at the NCAA DI Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship.