The USCAA named seventeen Christendom College student-athletes to their 2016 honors teams this week, with fifteen named to their All-Academic teams and two named to their soccer All-American team. The awards were given to the highest caliber scholar-athletes and best players in the nation for 2016, strengthening Christendom's growing reputation for producing successful athletes both on the field and in the classroom.
Each of Christendom's fall sports that compete in the USCAA produced honorees — a first for Christendom. The men's and women's cross-country team, in its first full season, produced the most, with ten players making the list. Seniors Bernadette Ellis, Elizabeth Rensch, Kathleen Curran, Magdalena Cuddeback, Rachael Smith, Sarah Padgett, and Tim Cook all produced GPAs over 3.50 throughout the season, along with sophomores Anthony Brooks and Emily Farabaugh.
The cross-country team performed exceptionally well in their first full season, sending six runners to the USCAA Nationals this fall.
From the men's and women's soccer teams, four players produced the qualifying GPAs: sophomore Gemma Youngman and seniors Madeline Hill and Monica Wilson for the women's team and senior Stephen Foeckler for the men's team, who also served as team caption.
Both teams played well this year, with the men's team finishing with the ninth best record in the nation for the USCAA.
The women's volleyball team, which overcame a slow start to finish with the tenth best record in the nation, produced two players for the all-academic team: sophomore Helena Briggs and senior Mary Solitario, who also served her team as team captain.
While Christendom often fields All-Academic scholar-athletes, it is a tougher task to make it onto the All-American team, where players are chosen via voting by all of the USCAA's coaches. Even with the tough competition from other schools, the men's and women's soccer teams both produced All-American players for 2016: sophomore Peter Day and senior Anne Nelson.
Day finished with the third most goals and the seventh most points in the nation for 2016 — accomplishments he achieved even while playing in fewer games than the top leaders. Nelson played exceptionally well in her final season with the Lady Crusaders, leading the team as captain against tough opponents and rallying together a young, new team in 2016.
The awards mark further achievements for Christendom's athletic program, which continues to grow in reputation in the USCAA and beyond as one of the tougher small schools in the nation.