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Aragon, Heffernan Receive National Academic Award

Feb. 9, 2017

By Megan Golden

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday that Danielle Aragon and Annie Heffernan received USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Awards. The USTFCCCA also revealed its Team All-Academic Awards, with the Irish men’s and women’s teams earning the distinction.

The USTFCCCA Individual All-Academic Award recognizes the student-athletes who own a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish in the top-25 at regionals or as an All-American at the national meet.

Aragon and Heffernan join a group of 265 student-athletes — including 168 women — who meet the criteria.

Aragon, a co-captain, finished ninth in the ACC Championship and 52nd in the national championship, while Heffernan earned a sixth-place finish in the conference championship and 41st place in the NCAA Championship. Aragon and Heffernan each were named to the All-ACC Cross Country Team.

As a team, the Notre Dame men accrued a GPA of 3.43, becoming one of 189 men’s track and field programs to receive the award. The Irish women’s squad boasted a nearly-identical GPA of 3.48 and were one of 242 women’s teams to be honored.

Coming Up Next

The Notre Dame track and field program returns to action on Friday when it competes at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, South Carolina.

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Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.