Four Track and Field Performers Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

Four Track and Field Performers Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors

BUCKHANNON – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced recently its individual scholar academic awards for the 2016-17 NCAA DII Track & Field season and both the West Virginia Wesleyan men and women's programs had individual performers honored.

To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor seasons.

On the men's side, Daniel Plaugher was the lone Bobcat performer honored while three Lady Bobcats made the list – senior Lauren Cvechko, sophomore Abby Buchan and freshman Katie Demi.

Plaugher was a performer in the high hurdles. He was a provisional indoor qualifier and was the Mountain East Conference Champion in 2016. He was ranked 50th outdoor nationally in the 110-meter hurdles.

He graduated from Wesleyan with a 3.85 GPA with a degree in mathematics.

Plaugher is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Kentucky.

Cvechko was a 2017 MEC champion in the high jump, the long jump and the high hurdles. She attended the NCAA national championships in the heptathlon where she finished 13th in the nation.

She graduated Wesleyan with a 3.39 GPA with a degree in political science.

Buchan just missed a chance to go to nationals in the javelin as she was ranked 23rd in the nation and they took the top 22.

She finished second in the MEC championships in the javelin behind teammate Rachel Czulewicz.

Buchan ended her sophomore year with a 3.85 GPA. She is majoring in international studies.

Demi was also a star thrower in the javelin as she was ranked 32nd nationally. She finished third in the MEC Championships in the javelin.

The rising sophomore ended her first year with a 3.28 GPA. She is majoring in sports business.

Cvechko, Buchan and Demi were previously honored by the USTFCCA as all-region performers.

"I am really proud of their accomplishments and that they carried on the academic tradition of the program and the department," remarked their spring head coach Jesse Skiles.

The full list of men's Scholar Athletes can be seen by clicking here.

The full list of women's Scholar Athletes can be seen by clicking here.