PELLA — Five Central College women’s track and field athletes earned individual plaudits as the entire team was given the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team award Tuesday.

In order to qualify for the team award, the GPA of the team’s entire roster must combine to equal 3.10. The Dutch reached a 3.23 GPA as a team.

To qualify for the individual honor, student-athletes must post a 3.3 or better combined GPA and compete in an NCAA Division III indoor or outdoor championship or finish the regular season ranked in the top 35 in the nation in an individual event.

Courtney Kruthoff (sophomore, Erie, Ill.) finished in the top-50 nationally in the high jump (indoor – No. 12). She qualified for the indoor national meet, placing 16th in the pentathlon. She is a psychology major with a 3.81 GPA.

Mary Gray (sophomore, West Des Moines, Waukee HS) finished in the top-50 nationally in the pentathlon (indoor – No. 15) and heptathlon (outdoor – No. 31). She qualified for the indoor national meet, placing 17th. She is a business management major with a 3.41 GPA.

Kiki Pingel (sophomore, Pella) finished in the top-50 nationally in the pentathlon (indoor – No. 36) and heptathlon (outdoor – No. 28). She is an exercise major with 3.75 GPA

Emily Burt (junior, Freeport, Ill.) finished in the top-50 nationally in the weight throw (indoor – No. 45) and shot put (outdoor – No. 22). Burt qualified for the outdoor national meet, finishing 21st in the shot put. She is an biology major with 3.38 GPA

Tori VanVelzen (junior, Cumming, Norwalk HS) finished in the top-50 nationally in the high jump (outdoor – No. 27). She is a psychology major with a 3.40 GPA.

Central’s women’s track and field program has had 43 athletes earn USTFCCCA all-academic distinction 74 times.