LG trio nationally honored
Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:00 PM
A trio of Wabash track and field performers were named to the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team for the 2013-2014 season.
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From left to right: National qualifiers Nick Boyce, Adam Togami, and Joel Whittington were honored by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as 2013-2014 All-Academic scholar athletes.
Nick Boyce, Adam Togami, and Joel Whittington each were recognized for their accomplishments as both students and competitors. To earn a place on the All-Academic team, student-athletes must compile a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher and either finish the season ranked in the top-35 in an individual event or be a member of a top-25 ranked relay team, or compete at the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor Championships.
Boyce, a biology major, owns a 3.45 GPA and earned a place in the field of competitors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the outdoor championships in May. He qualified for nationals with a career-best time of 9:06.82. Boyce went on to take 15th place at nationals in the steeplechase with a time of 9:20.25. Boyce was also part of the Little Giants' indoor and outdoor North Coast Athletic Conference team championships and competed as a member of the conference championship cross country team in the fall. He and his teammates won the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Cross Country Regional, earning a trip to the national championship meet which also garnered All-Academic cross country honors from the USTFCCCA. Boyce spent the summer working as an intern on the Wabash campus studying tree density and forest regeneration with Wabash alumnus Dr. Timothy Sipe '78.
Togami, who also competed for the Little Giants in both cross country and track and field, earned Academic All-America honors by qualifying for the steeplechase at nationals and by finishing the semester with a 3.50 cumulative GPA as a biology major. He placed 11th in the finals of the steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor championship meet with a time of 9:18.39 after overcoming a fall in the prelims to finish in 9:12.40.
Whittington, a member of the Little Giants' All-America 4x400-meter relay team, received All-Academic honors with his 3.37 cumulative GPA as a modern languages major. He joined Joey Conti, Sean Hildebrand and Cole Hruskovich to finish eighth in the finals of the 2014 outdoor championships with a time of 3:16.97. Whittington was part of the Little Giants' All-America effort in the same race at the 2013 outdoor meet in which he, John Haley, Chet Riddle, and Conti set a new school record with a time of 3:10.58 to take fifth place in the finals. Whittington interned in the Liberal Arts Bridges to Business program as part of the Summer Business Immersion Experience at Wabash. He is currently working in the Indiana Internship Initiative.