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D&E senior receives honors

Photo courtesy of Davis & Elkins College Davis & Elkins College senior cross country and track standout Felix Buck-Gramcko has been named to the Co-SIDA Academic All-American third team.

AUSTIN, Texas — Davis & Elkins College senior standout Felix Buck-Gramcko added to his long list of accomplishments for the 2019-20 season, earning a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America third team for cross country and track, the organization announced last week.

The only male student-athlete from the Mountain East Conference to earn the distinction, considered to be among the most prestigious academic awards in collegiate athletics, Buck-Gramcko graduated in just three years after taking 20+ credit hours each semester and finishing with a 3.96 GPA.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher, must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution. Nominees must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games and must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

“What an amazing honor for Felix. He is a testament of excelling as a student-athlete, from graduating in just three years, to being named All-MEC, All-Region and becoming a national qualifier in cross country,” head coach Jason Pyles said. “Felix is the most disciplined student-athlete I’ve ever coached, setting high goals and working tirelessly to achieve them.”

A management/finance major, Buck-Gramcko was a 2019-20 MEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year finalist, also receiving academic recognition from the USTFCCCA earlier this year. Buck-Gramcko was among the top runners for the Senators this past season in both cross country and track, ultimately helping the squad quality for the 2019 NCAA DII XC Championships, marking the first appearance at nationals for the program in the NCAA era.

“I couldn’t be more proud and thankful for his time at D&E, not only as a friend but also a person,” Pyles continued. “I am confident he will go on to do great things.”

Earning all-conference and all-region accolades in cross country, the Gottingen, Germany, native finished seventh at the conference championships (27:11.5) last October.

He nabbed 17th overall at the NCAA Atlantic Regionals race, completing the 10K course in 32:25.8.

He set the indoor school records in the 1000m (2:38.99) and mile (4:17.55) during the 2018-19 indoor season for the Senators.

Buck-Gramcko received MEC Academic All-Conference recognition earlier this year for the 2019-20 season.

Buck-Gramcko has already begun work on his master’s degree in Germany and has a long-term goal of competing in the Ironman World Championships.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America teams are nominated for and voted on by the nation’s sports information directors.

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