June 26, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Sophomore Caleb Rhynard was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team on Thursday. Rhynard becomes the 11th Spartan track & field/cross country student-athlete to earn the honor and the first men's recipient since Nathan Egger in 2006.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore standing both academically and athletically, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30. The team is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The sophomore distance runner from Shepherd, Michigan, has a 3.96 grade-point average in kinesiology. Earlier this season he was named to the USTFCCCA Cross Country All-Academic team and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Rhynard was a two-time All-American this season in competition, earning the honor in cross country and the indoor 3,000m.
In cross country, Rhynard qualified for the NCAA Championships individually and placed 34th overall to become the first Spartan All-American since 1997. Earlier in the cross country season, he placed fourth at both the Great Lakes Regional and the Big Ten Championships.
Rhynard continued the success into the indoor track & field season, receiving second-team All-America honors, after a 13th-place finish in the 3,000m. At Big Tens, he was third in the 3,000m and fifth in the 5,000m. In the outdoor season, Rhynard qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, finishing 17th in the 5,000m.