Department of Athletics

Moody Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team

Graphic of men's track and field athlete C.J. Moody.

            GORHAM, Maine -- For the second straight year, University of Southern Maine track and field All-American C.J. Moody (Old Town, Maine) has been was named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-America® Division III Track & Field/Cross Country team released today following voting by the members of CoSIDA.  A third team pick in 2019, Moody was named to the second team this year.

            Moody is the second USM student-athlete (see complete list below) since 2000 to receive the prestigious honor from CoSIDA on two occasions. A nursing major, Moody completed his undergraduate degree this spring with a 3.870 cumulative grade point average.  Moody joins former All-American wrestler Dan Del Gallo as a two-time recipient of the prestigious CoSIDA honor.

            “I feel incredibly grateful to be receiving this honor again this year,” responded Moody via text when informed of the news.  “With all that has taken place in the past few months, it is a great surprise.  Being a student-athlete isn’t an easy task, but I feel lucky to have attended USM where the athletic department and staff put academics above all else.  This wouldn’t have happened without the support of everyone - my coaches, teammates, the athletic department staff, and my professors - at USM.”

            A 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field All-American in the heptathlon, Moody was set to represent Southern Maine at the 2020 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past winter before the meet was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Moody qualified for this year’s indoor national championships in the heptathlon on the strength of his school-record score of 5,026 points at the Bates Multi-Event Meet in January.  Due to the cancellation of this year’s NCAA championships meet, the USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) recognized all student-athletes declared and initially accepted into their event as All-Americans.

            Diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic in the summer of 2018, Moody overcame that hurdle to qualify for three NCAA championship meets (two indoor, one outdoor) during his final two years.  He holds the school record in the heptathlon, and owns eight of the top 10 scores in that event.  During his school record performance at Bates, he became just the second USM competitor to jump over 7.00 meters indoors in the long jump (7.06 meters or 23 feet, 2 inches).

            Outdoors, Moody owns four of the top 10 scores in the decathlon, including his career best total of 6,514 points set at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.  During that competition, Moody ran the second fastest 100-meter dash (10.88 seconds) in school history.

            “C.J. embodies all the ideals of an NCAA student-athlete,” said men’s track and field/cross country head coach Ryan Harkleroad.  “His outstanding level of success as an athlete is matched, if not exceeded, by his success as a student.  We’re so proud of everything he has accomplished in the classroom and in our sport.“

            The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes outstanding track and field/cross country student-athletes in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

            To be nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors, student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale.  The members of CoSIDA began the Academic All-America program in 1952, and today honor athletes across five divisions - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, and NCAA Division III, NAIA and the newly formed College Division for two-year schools and Canadian institutions.  Currently, CoSIDA sponsors Academic All-America® programs for men's soccer, women's soccer, football, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and men's and women's track and field/cross country. Many other sports are eligible through the At-Large program.

 

 

University of Southern Maine Academic All-America ®
as selected by the members of CoSIDA

 

C.J. Moody, Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2020

C.J. Moody, Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country

Third Team, 2019

Dan Del Gallo, Wrestling (At-large)

First Team, 2017

Mary Caron, Softball

Third Team, 2017

Dan Del Gallo, Wrestling (At-Large)

Second Team, 2016

Chris Bernard, Baseball

Second Team, 2014

Molly Carl, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field

Third Team, 2012

Ashley Marble, Women’s Basketball

First Team, 2007

Darryl Whitney, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

Second Team, 2003

Allison Drury, Field Hockey (Fall-Winter At-Large)

Third Team, 2000

 

 

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