Mell, DelVecchio Capture USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors; Athenas Named All-Academic Team

Mell, DelVecchio Capture USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors; Athenas Named All-Academic Team

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior Amanda Mell and first-year Caroline DelVecchio captured All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced today.

In addition to the two individual honors, CMS also earned All-Academic Team distinction for carrying a 3.68 cumulative grade point average through the conclusion of the 2019-20 spring semester, placing the Athenas well above the 3.1 cutoff.

Mell and DelVecchio earned individual All-Academic honors for their strong performances during indoor track and field season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling outdoor track and field season, only student-athletes who ranked in the top 50 in the nation during indoor season, or who qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, were eligible for individual honors this year. 

Mell earned a qualification to the indoor nationals by placing in the top 20 nationally in the triple jump, earning her qualifying mark on her last jump (38'4") at the Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier, which earned her All-America distinction. Mell also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as a junior last year, earning the third-best mark in CMS history in the triple jump (39'4.5") at the Redlands Last Chance Meet. 

DelVecchio was off to a terrific start to her rookie season with the Athenas, competing in four events before the suspension of spring sports. She qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles at the Jacksons/Nike Indoor Invitational at Boise State, finishing with a time of 9.50 to place her in sixth place. She opened up her career at the CMS Outdoor Indoor Distance Challenge Meet by winning the 60 hurdles (9.30) and coming in second in the high jump (4'11") while helping the 4x400 relay team to a win as well. 

CMS was gunning for its sixth SCIAC Track and Field championship in a row before the suspension of spring sports in March. A year ago, the Athenas edged Redlands by three points (150-147) for its fifth straight championship.