January 30, 2023

Men’s and Women’s Squads, Engel and Kuhn Earn USTFCCCA Academic Awards


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Both the Ohio State women’s and men’s cross country programs have been recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced. In addition, Addie Engel and Andrea Kuhn of the women’s team received USTFCCCA All-Academic Athlete honors.

To qualify for team All-Academic distinction, squads must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period. For the individual award, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale and finish in the Top 25 (or 10 percent) at the NCAA Regional Championships or as an All-American at the NCAA Championships.

The Buckeye women’s team, which earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships, combined for a 3.546 grade-point average, while the men posted a 3.505 gpa.

Engel, a sophomore health science major from Springfield, Ohio, was the Big Ten Athlete of the Year after the most outstanding individual season in Buckeye history. After four Top 2 finishes in the regular season, she won the program’s first Big Ten women’s cross country title, earned All-Big Ten accolades, was the runner-up at the Great Lakes Regional as Ohio State clinched a team automatic bid to the NCAA Championships and placed 10th at the national meet to earn All-America honors. Engel also earned USTFCCCA academic honors in 2021.

A native of Pataskala, Ohio, and a senior mathematics and statistics major, Kuhn was an All-Big Ten and All-Great Lakes Region honoree in 2022. She placed sixth at the conference meet and then ninth at the regional race before coming across the line 75th at the NCAA Championships. Kuhn was among the Buckeyes’ Top 3 finishers in all seven races this season.

Engel and Kuhn both earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades in the fall.