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August 1, 2017 > East Bay Men's Track earns All-Academic honors

East Bay Men's Track earns All-Academic honors

Submitted By Steve Connolly

The Cal State East Bay men's track and field team was recognized as a 2017 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, the organization announced July 27, 2017.Ê

The Pioneers were one of 76 Division II men's programs across the country to claim the honor, which awards teams that achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. They join Humboldt State and UC San Diego as the only three honorees from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).Ê

Just 10 track and field squads in the entire nation posted a higher GPA in 2016-17 than the Cal State East Bay men, who finished at 3.25.Ê

The USTFCCCA also announced its individual All-Academic honorees, and freshman Pedro Cruz was among the 301 Division II male athletes to capture the award. It is an historic accomplishment for the rookie from Arvin, Calif., as he becomes the first Pioneer in the CCAA era to make the list.

To earn individual All-Academic status, student-athletes must compile a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and reach a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for NCAA Championships.Ê

In addition to his exemplary work in the classroom, Cruz turned in one of the best seasons by a rookie runner in the school's history. His NCAA provisional time of 30:48.81 in the 10,000 meters ranks as the third-fastest in program history, and he also owns the fifth-best 5,000 meter time on the school's all-time list (14:54.44).

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