LANCASTER, Pa. – Greg Olenginski was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team announced Tuesday, becoming the program's first academic all-american since 2013 and seventh overall.
Nils Michaelis '13 was the last men's track & field athlete to earn the distinction after landing on the third team at the conclusion of his senior season.
Olenginski (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) was named the Centennial Conference (CC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year. The senior was also named to the CC First Team in the 4x800 relay after winning gold at the CC Championships for the second straight year. Olenginski, a chemistry major, teamed up with Leo Generali, Derek Pawlush, and Luk Olenginski to win the race at 7:47.60, after the squad broke the CC Championships record back in 2014 with a time of 7:40.46.
At the Senior Awards Luncheon in May, Olenginski was honored with the Delphic Student-Athlete Award, given to the male and female senior athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the fall semester.
To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a significant contributor to the team.
Franklin & Marshall accumulated 100 points and placed third at the 2015 CC Championships. The Diplomats' third-place finish tied its best finish ever in the outdoor championships, which last occurred in 1996.