Florida Tech Track & Field, Cross Country Trio Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Honors
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // June 1, 2018
DeBiasi, Kraska and McCabe First time honroees
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA– Marina DeBiasi, Matthew Kraska and Tyler McCabe have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Panther trio was recognized on the NCAA Division II All-District 5 First Team.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom.
To be nominated, Student-athletes must maintain a 3.30-grade point average, be of sophomore standing or higher, and have attended their current institutions for at least one year to be eligible.
DeBiasi earns Academic All-District honors for the first time in her career. The Plymouth, Michigan native placed ninth at the 2017 SSC Cross Country Championships this year and then took 18th at the NCAA South Region Cross Country Championships en route to her second consecutive All-South Region selection.
The 2017-18 Florida Tech Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year graduated summa cum laude with a degree in chemical engineering and a 3.92 cumulative grade point average.
Kraska, a product of Atlanta, Georgia, is receiving Academic All-District laurels for the first time. The graduate student finished runner-up in the 10,000 meters at the University of Tampa Invitational this season.
Kraska graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA in biomedical engineering and currently boasts a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a master’s in biomedical engineering at Florida Tech.
McCabe reels in his first career selection to the Academic All-District team. As a senior this season, the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania product finished 22nd overall in the 5,000 meter at the PBC Championships.
While at the conference meet, he received his second consecutive Peach Belt Elite15 Award which is given to the athlete with the highest GPA at each of the PBC Championships. McCabe graduated summa cum laude from FIT with a 3.97 GPA in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced on June 19.
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