AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its Google Cloud Academic All-American award winners Tuesday afternoon for the 2017-18 cross country and track & field season, with Hanover's senior runner Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) being honored with third team recognition.
Rector is the first Hanover runner, men's or women's, to receive national academic accolades from CoSIDA. The senior's collegiate career is now filled with the national honor from CoSIDA and a pair of academic all-American awards from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The USTFCCCA also named Rector an academic all-American this past fall during the cross country campaign. A 10-time all-conference selection, Rector's 2017-18 season saw him be named to the all-HCAC squad for cross country and outdoor track & field.
The senior helped guide the men's cross country program to its best finish at the HCAC Championships in school history, a second place mark with 75 team points. The Panthers also placed second at the conference meet in 1993, 2000 and 2004. Placing fifth overall, Rector was one of three Panther runners to finish in the top five at the conference championships, a first in program history.
In six total cross country races, Rector was a top 15 finisher five times, with his lone finish outside the top 15 coming at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional. He still logged a 35th place finish at the regional meet though, earning him his second career all-region accolades from USTFCCCA.
His final track & field season saw Rector post a trio of top five finishes at the HCAC Championships, the 5000m indoor, and 5000 and 10000m outdoor runs. The senior finished among the top 20 regionally and inside the top three in the conference for the outdoor 5K, posting a season-opening time of 15:12.02. His top 10K time of 33:09.51 came at the Hanover Invitational, his last home collegiate meet.
Rector was the only male athlete from the HCAC to receive academic all-American honors from CoSIDA Tuesday afternoon. A pair of athletes, one from Rose-Hulman and one from Franklin, garnered accolades on the women's side, giving the conference a total of three Google Cloud academic all-Americans in 2017-18.
To view the complete list of award winners, visit the link above.
Contact: Tyler Jester