NOTE: This is a revised version of the release originally published Wednesday, Jan. 31.
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Castleton University athletic department continues to show its commitment to excellence in both the classroom and competition, as 30 student-athletes from the eight fall sports in the North Atlantic Conference have been named to the NAC Fall All-Academic Team, announced Wednesday by the league office.
The NAC All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Student-athletes must also have reached sophomore academic standing and competed in a minimum of two years of varsity competition at their institution.
Grandon Smith, an NCAA national qualifier and two-time NAC Runner of the Year, represents the Spartan men's cross country team, while Thomas Kirk, the NAC Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the United Soccer Coaches Men's Scholar All-Region Team, is one of five Castleton men's soccer players honored. Among the women's soccer players recognized is Kate Steller, the NAC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in that sport.
Several other Spartans who previously received All-NAC honors for their athletic accomplishments were named to the All-Academic Team: Kiley Baran (women's soccer), Kaylyn Crompton (women's cross country), Alexis Curley (women's tennis), Megan Nadler (women's tennis), and Megan Ryan (field hockey).
Castleton's representative on the NAC Sportsmanship Team in seven fall sports was named to the All-Academic Team: Jon Benson (men's golf), Kaitlin Cole (women's soccer), Rachel Holland (field hockey), Maria Jackson (volleyball), Nadler (women's tennis), Ali Nelson (women's cross country), and Smith (men's cross country).
Including Holland and Ryan, nine Spartan field hockey players earned a spot on the All-Academic Team: Eloise Donner, Ellie Gevry, Erica Hoffman, Mariah Linnett, Mia Sanborn, Sarah Wells, and Kate West. The other three of the four Castleton men's soccer players honored are Josh Mathews, Andrew Meister, and Tim Stewart.
The remaining women's soccer players to receive All-Academic honors are Kinnan Latremore and Megan O'Shea, while Jordan Ayer and Jacob Erwin join Benson as representatives from the men's golf team. Jess Grace joins Jackson as representatives from the women's volleyball team, Adrienne Toof is the third Castleton women's cross country student-athlete to be honored, and Kayla Zsido is the third Spartan women's tennis player on the list.
For the complete release from the conference office, including the full list of honorees, click here.