NEW ORLEANS – Gallaudet University men's cross-country freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) earned another honor in what is a first in program history. He earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic recognition on Friday, Feb. 19. Kingstedt was one of 268 men's runners that earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Kingstedt placed 20th overall with a career best time of 26 minutes, two seconds at the 2015 NCAA Division III Mideast regional at Newville, Pa., on Nov. 14. This is Kingstedt's second honor from the USTFCCCA as he also earned NCAA Division III All-Region honors as one of 280 men's runners selected and one of 35 from the Mideast region.
Kingstedt had quite the rookie debut as he set four of Gallaudet's Top 10 times in 8K races and won the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's 8K championship race on Oct. 31 with a time of 26:32. The Sweden native, was named the 2015 NEAC Men's Runner of the Year and the 2015 Men's Rookie of the Year, in addition to earning a spot on the all-conference first team.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester and placed in the top 25 percent at the NCAA Regional. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must record a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better.
The first USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team honors started in 2006.