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Orth, Owls collect academic honors

NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the 13th time in its history, the Kenyon College men’s track and field program earned the distinction of being named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The 2021-22 Owls were one of roughly 150 NCAA Division III programs to earn the honor.

To be eligible for the USTFCCCA academic award, a program had to produce a minimum team grade point average of 3.10. The Owls checked in with a combined team grade point average of 3.47, easily clearing that hurdle.

In addition to the team honor, the Kenyon men saw Riley Orth, a sophomore on the 2021-22 squad, named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Athlete. In order to earn the honor, a student-athlete had to compile a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and had to compete in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship and/or had to finish the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event.

Orth, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, participated in throwing events with a specialization in the shot put. His best toss in the shot put this past outdoor season measured 50 feet ¾ inch. That mark ranked third best in the NCAA Great Lakes Region and 49th best among all NCAA Division III student-athletes. In indoor competition, Orth’s best throw traveled 51 feet 5 ½ inches. That mark was a Kenyon program record, ranked first in the Great Lakes Region and 23rd among all NCAA Division III student-athletes.

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