Four runners named Academic All Americans

Mcclish during her school record run at the Bronco Invitational
Mcclish during her school record run at the Bronco Invitational

NEW ORLEANS – Four UC Santa Cruz Cross Country runners were honored as national All-Academic Individuals by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Seniors Dante Capone, Draven Hawk and Shannon McClish along with Paul Colosi (a junior) grabbed the honor as announced on Thursday.

It's the most All-Academic honorees UCSC has ever had in a single year. McClish became the first female honoree since Katie Alioto in 2014.

Overall, 682 student-athletes earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, with women accounting for 56 percent of that total (382).

"Huge Congrats to Dante, Paul, Draven, Shannon and the entire rosters for their continued academic success," said head coach David Klech. "It takes a lot of discipline to excel both academically and athletically. I'm incredibly proud of the work all of our student-athletes put in to be the best that they can be!"

Both the men's and women's squads were also given Team Academic Awards.

For a team to be considered for this honor, it must have competed and compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Overall, there were 393 teams honored by the USTFCCCA, of which 215 were women's teams.