Patrick Smyth earned his first Academic All-America honor.

Notre Dame Track and Field Teams Recognized for Academic Success

Aug. 8, 2008

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s and women’s track and field teams have been recognized as 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Teams.

In addition, Kelly Langhans was named to the 2008 USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team, while Patrick Smyth was named to the men’s squad.

Along with the Irish, 116 other Division I women’s programs and 47 men’s programs were named All-Academic teams.

Langhans was one of 468 student-athletes included on the women’s all-academic team. She had an impressive debut season for the Irish, qualifying for both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mideast Regionals. Langhans earned her first all-BIG EAST outdoor honor as part of the third-place 4×800-meter relay team. She finished fourth in the 800 meters at the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST meets. She capped off the season at the NCAA Mideast Regional, finishing 17th in the 800 meters. Langhans is enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters and carries a 3.938 GPA.

Smyth had an outstanding junior campaign for the Irish. After taking the BIG EAST indoor 5,000-meter title, he finished 13th in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Smyth also took home the BIG EAST outdoor 10,000-meter title and finished third in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Mideast Regional. He earned his second All-America accolade with an eighth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Smyth is a history major with a 3.455 GPA.

The USTFCCCA recognized 266 individual male student-athletes for their academic performances.

To be nominated for the award, teams must carry a 3.000 cumulative grade-point average, while individual student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.