NEW ORLEANS, La. – The 2019 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Track & Field Academic Awards for the indoor and outdoor seasons were released on Monday. The Susquehanna University women’s track & field team as well as Sara Arbogast ’21 (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) and Chris Petraskie ’20 (Shamokin, Pa./Shamokin) were all recognized for academic excellence.
The River Hawks were one of 184 women’s programs to be honored as an USTFCCCA All-Academic Team after posting a 3.45 cumulative team grade point average for the 2018-19 academic year. The All-Academic Team Award recognizes those programs that achieved a minimum team grade-point average of 3.1 during the academic year.
This is Susquehanna’s 10th All-Academic Team Award since the 2005-06 season and seventh in the last nine years. Five of the seven Landmark Conference schools with women’s track & field made the list as Moravian College led the way with the highest GPA (3.61) followed by The Catholic University of America (3.49), Elizabethtown College (3.46), Susquehanna, and Goucher College (3.14).
In addition, Arbogast and Petraskie both earned USTFCCCA All-Academic individual honors (Men | Women). To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards: Competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship and/or finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.
Arbogast, a business administration major with a 3.82 GPA, becomes the eighth women’s track & field athlete to receive USTFCCCA All-Academic accolades as eight SU athletes have combined for 13 All-Academic awards. She is the first to do so since Gabrielle Alguire ’17, a four-time recipient, earned the award in 2016-17. Arbogast competed at the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the triple jump, finishing 20th in her first-ever NCAA Championships appearance as a sophomore.
She was named an USTFCCCA All-Mideast Region in both the 200-meter dash (outdoor) and the triple jump (outdoor), ranking 14th nationally in the triple jump heading into nationals. Arbogast was named the 2019 Landmark Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year after winning four gold medals. In all, she collected eight gold medals and three silvers between the indoor and outdoor conference championships.
Petraskie, a computer science major with a 3.71 GPA, is the fifth men’s track & field athlete to garner USTFCCCA All-Academic honors at Susquehanna and the first since Matt Gass ’17 and Armond Owens ’17 did it in 2016-17. He ranked 23rd in the high jump and 49th in the heptathlon after the indoor season while ranking 33rd in the high jump at the end of the outdoor season.
He picked up USTFCCCA All-Mideast Region honors in both the high jump (indoor & outdoor) and the heptathlon (indoor) during his junior campaign. Petraskie was also named the Landmark Men’s Field Athlete of the Year at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships after combining for five gold medals and three silvers.