Gendron, Engle highlight USTFCCCA All-Academic announcement

NEW ORLEANS – Two members of the Saint Anselm College women's cross country team earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.

Senior captain Liberty Gendron (Goffstown, N.H.) and freshman Dominique Engle (Rutland, Mass.) represented the Hawks on the list. Both the men's and women's programs, collectively, were awarded All-Academic Team distinction.

All-Academic honors are awarded to those student-athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at the regional championship. 

"I am very proud of how hard Libby, Dominique, and both teams worked in and out of the classroom," said Head Coach Brian Stankiewicz '17. "These awards do not happen by accident. A lot of effort went into their strong results during events and in the classroom - both are very deserving of these accolades." 

At the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship in mid-November, Gendron paced Saint Anselm with a 38th-place finish and a time of 24:11.70, wrapping up her Hawks career with four-straight finishes where she led the Hawks scorers. Engle trailed her by only three spots, clocking in at 24:20.10.

Both the men's and women's programs registered grade-point averages of over 3.0, earning a spot on the exclusive list. The women's program had a strong finish at the NCAA Regionals, placing ninth in a crowded field to finish in the top-10 for the first time since the 2011 season. The men's squad posted a 15th place finish, its best placement since 2007.