Jim Tranquada

Three Occidental College student-athletes and both the men’s and women’s teams have earned Academic All-American honors for performances on the course and in the classroom, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Feb. 21.

Kevin Chaves ’08, Galen Smith ’08 and Grace Peck ’10 were all named to the Division III Cross Country Academic All-American team for 2007 after finishing among the top 25% of runners at the Western Regional Meet and accumulating better than a 3.5 GPA academically.

In addition to these individual honors, both the men’s and women’s teams as a whole were named Academic All-American Teams for 2007 after competing in the Regional meet and combining for a cumulative GPA of over 3.1.

Chaves finished his four-year career with a seventh place finish at the NCAA National Championships last November, leading  the Tigers to an 18th place finish, one position higher than their seeding entering the meet. Both the men’s and women’s teams won Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships this year.