WHITTIER, Calif. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released this week the All-Academic teams and Whittier College saw Kevin Curbelo achieve this recognition for the fourth consecutive year, the first time this feat has ever been achieved in the Whittier College record books.
Curbelo graduated with a degree in Business Administration capping off a stellar senior season with a 3.46 G.P.A.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met either of the following athletic standards: a student-athlete must have competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship or finished the regular season ranked in the national top 35 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 25 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
On the men's side a total of 276 student-athletes representing 100 institutions composed the group. Indoor national champion UW-La Crosse posted a nation-leading 17 All-Academic honorees, joining MIT with 12 as the only two programs with double-digit representation.
The WIAC topped the list of conferences with 43 total awards earned by its member institutions, followed by the NESCAC with 37. Four different men recorded a cumulative GPA of 4.0.
The four year decorated career for senior Curbelo came to a close at the NCAA Division III National Championships as he saw his quest for back to back titles and the opportunity to be a 4 x All-American in the 400 Meter fall short finishing 12th overall in the preliminaries.
Over his four year career, Curbelo has been named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team four times, made the SCIAC All-Academic Team three times, was an NCAA All-American five times (3 – 400 Meter, 1 – 4 x 100 Relay, 1 – 4 x 400 Relay), and was an All-SCIAC performer in the 400 Meter, 4 x 100 Relay, and 4 x 400 Relay seven times.
Joining Curbelo with his academic achievement was the women's track & field team who was named All-Academic finishing the year with a cumulative G.P.A. of a 3.26, marking the second straight year they have achieved this recognition.