The 2017 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Champion can add some more hardware to his trophy case.
Tiffin's James Ngandu earned the NCAA Division II Male Scholar Athlete of the Year honor, announced the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.
Ngandu picked up the victory at Southern Indiana last fall with a time of 30:18.8 with a pace of 4:53, winning by a convincing 34 seconds.
He becomes the first athlete – male or female – from Tiffin to capture the NCAA Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country.
The product out of Nairobi, Kenya, was undefeated on the cross country campaign, posting victories at the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships, the GLIAC Championship and three regular-season meets, including the Disney Cross Country Classic.