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WINTHROP, Mass. - Lasell College senior Ben Lane and Suffok University junior Emily Manfra have been named to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Track & Field/Cross Country Teams, as voted upon by CoSIDA. The teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and thirdteam (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in June.
Lane, a four-year veteran and two-year captain of Lasell's indoor and outdoor track teams, won his second straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships this spring in both 100m and 200m dashes. He qualified for and competed in the New England Division 3 Outdoor Championships in 2019, placing 25th in the 100m and 29th in 200m. Lane owns school records in 60m and 200m (indoor) and 100m and 200m (outdoor) as well as four relay records. He studied in the Lasell Honors Program and completed internships at Harvard University and the Newton Boys & Girls Club. Lane wrapped up his career as Lasell's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The Rutland, Vt. native posted a 3.95 GPA as a Sport Management major at Lasell.
For Manfra, her honor marks the first time in Suffolk cross country and track & field history that a student-athlete was acknowledged among the Google Cloud Academic All-District selections. Manfra is one of 11 NCAA Division III competitors in the New England region honored for combined excellence academically and athletically with first-team District 1 honors. The Biology major is the lone GNAC runner to earn the honor and first in Suffolk history to do so.
Things started in the fall for the long-distance runner as she cruised to All-GNAC accolades with a runner-up finish on the conference championship course, crossing the 5k tape in 19:38. She upstaged that performance twoweeks later at regionals where she came through the 6k chute in 22:26.54, good for 17th in the field of 399, which punched her ticket into Suffolk's history books as the first-ever runner to compete at the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships.
Manfra made more headlines as the first-ever Suffolk runner to race to All-America status in the mile in the winter. She made her way to the compete on the nation level after producing the Rams' first-ever women's sub-5:00.0 mile at Boston University's John Terrier Classic Jan. 25 when she put together a time of 4:56.82. At nationals, she secured her spot in the finals after running a 5:01.69 preliminary and upstaged that effort the following day with a personal-record time of 4:54.13 to finish fifth overall and secure the All-American accolade.
This spring Manfra completed the national's trifecta earning a spot in the 1500 nationals field. The 2019 GNAC Female Track Athlete of the Year became the first-ever Ram to race at an outdoor national event and finished just shy of All-America feat with a ninth-place showing, three seconds shy of a top-eight mark.
Academically, Manfra has shined as well. While etching her name in Suffolk's running record books she built a 4.0 average in the classroom in the fall of 2018 en route to a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) academics award. Throughout her three-year coursework, she has compiled four perfect 4.0 GPAs to maintain a 3.99 cumulative GPA and pick up GNAC All-Academic Team honors in 2017-18.
To be eligible for the Google Cloud Academic All-America program, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). He/she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution. Academic All-District First Team selections advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.
Info Courtesy of Lasell & Suffolk Athletics Communications.
The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Founded in 1995, the GNAC annually sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunity and community involvement in an effort to enhance the student-athlete experience.
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