NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Three A-10 Student-Athletes were named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American team on Friday. The three honorees were Dayton's Hunter Johnston, Duquesne's Kyle Trinch and George Mason's John Seals.
Johnston, a senior from Saegertown, Pa. earned First Team honors and was named an Academic All-American for the second consecutive year. He was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District, Academic All-Atlantic 10 Conference and All-Atlantic 10 this season after leading the Flyers to their first ever conference championship. He was named team MVP and was one of eight finalists for the HERO Sports Hero of the Year Award, amongst all Division I male athletes.
Trinch, a senior from Grove City, Pa., was named to the Academic All-America Third Team. He is the program record holder in the 100m and 400m hurdles, Trinch was a 2016 NCAA East Regional qualifier. Additionally, he was a member of the Dean's List, A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Director of Athletics' Honor Roll.
Seals, a senior from Springfield, Va., also received third team honors. Seals is just the 11th Mason student-athlete since 1990 to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. This past winter, Seals, garnered USTFCCCA Second Team All-America honors in indoor track. He qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship – one of the hardest track & field meets to qualify for in the world – with an outstanding performance in the heptathlon during the season. He captured the A-10 Championship title in the event with a school-record point total of 5,770, qualifying for the indoor national meet in the process. In College Station, Seals put together another solid total of 5,447 points to earn the Second Team All-America designation.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is the only Academic All-America designation recognized by the NCAA. To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.