PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia University sophomore Sergei Cendo (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) and men's cross country team were both recognized for their success on the race course and in the classroom by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday. Cendo was tabbed as an All-Academic Individual and the Rams were named an All-Academic Team by the organization.
One of 115 teams to earn All-Academic Team recognition, Philadelphia is receiving the award for the sixth time in program history—second year in a row. All-Academic Teams must a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and must have scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet. The Rams recorded a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Division II East Region Championship on Nov. 5, 2016 and have a cumulative team GPA of 3.26.
A USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual for the first time in his career, Cendo earned the honor for having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at a NCAA regional championship. Cendo—a construction management major—came in 36th place out of 169 at the East Region championship. He was an All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) runner after coming home fourth in the conference championship race on Oct. 23, 2016. Cendo was also named to the CACC Men's Cross Country All-Academic Team in the fall.