From University of Rochester Athletics
In both the competitive arena and in the classroom, sophomore Kylee Bartlett and senior Eric Franklin contributed to the University of Rochester's success in track and field. They have now earned one of the highest possible honors for that combination.
Bartlett and Franklin have been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Cross Country/Track and Field Teams in Division III. Voting is conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Voters named Bartlett to the Women's Second Team, Franklin to the Men's Third Team. Bartlett is a native of Williamstown, NY (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown HS). Franklin is a native of Mount Laurel, NJ (Bishop Eustace HS).
Bartlett is the fourth women's track & field/cross country athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. She joins Elizabeth Canfield (2004), Anjuli Cherukuri (2008), and Yaneve Fonge (2011).
Franklin is the 14th men's track & field/cross country athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, dating back to the 1983 season. In the last six years, six Rochester athletes were named to the Men's AAA team. The men's Academic All-Americans are: Glen Lamb (1983), Jim Dunlop (1992), Christian Reed (1993), Marc Gage (1994), Luis Alejandro (1995), Andrew Evans (1997, 1998), Brian Strandberg (2003, 2004), Christopher Clark (2005), Nicholas Chisholmd (2012, Jason Zayac (2012), Adam Pacheck (2014), Ethan Pacheck (2015), and Jeremy Hassett (2016).
CoSIDA selects individual sport Academic All-America teams in 10 sports: football, women's volleyball, soccer (m/w), basketball (m/w), baseball, softball, cross country/track & field (m/w). Every other sport that competes for an NCAA Championship can nominate for the Academic All-America At-Large Team, which is announced in the spring.
Bartlett won two national championships this year and earned All-America honors in each. She finished first in the pentathlon at the NCAA indoor championships at North Central College in Illinois in March, then finished first in the heptathlon at the NCAA outdoor championships in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE athletic complex. She was ranked number one in each competition heading into the event. Her wining point totals broke Rochester records for the events.
In the heptathlon, she totaled 5,020 points to secure the national championship. Bartlett won the heptathlon at the New York State Collegiate Track Conference outdoor championships by scoring 4,937 points. That broke the existing Rochester record and made her the top-ranked heptathlete heading into nationals. At NCAAs, she broke another Rochester record, this one in the 100 meter hurdles, the first heptathlon event. Her time of :14.44 broke her own school record of :14.56 set earlier in the spring.
Bartlett won the NCAA Division III pentathlon title on March 10 at North Central College in Naperville, IL. She broke the Rochester points record by scoring 3,412 points in the pentathlon at the College of Brockport in January. That total placed her first in the pentathlon rankings. She held the number one spot all year long and justified it by winning the NCAA title. Her NCAA total of 3,528 points broke her existing school mark of 3,412.
She became just the third Division III woman to win the pentathlon and the heptathlon in the same academic year. Bartlett was voted as the Field Performer of the Meet for indoor and outdoor track and field at the New York State championships. She holds Rochester records for the pentathlon and heptathlon in addition to the outdoor 100 hurdles.
Bartlett carries a 3.31 cumulative GPA majoring in brain & cognitive sciences with a minor in psychology. She holds two scholarships and will do research work in her junior year.
Franklin competed for the men's cross country team and ran distance events for the track and field teams. He earned First Team All-University Athletic Association honors for cross country in 2016 after earning Second Team honors in 2014 and 2015. He was named to the All-Region Cross Country Team in 2014 by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. At the New York State championships, he earned medals in three events (steeplechase, 1,000 meters, distance medley relay).
He graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 in microbiology. Franklin spent the spring 2016 semester studying in Sweden. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the internationally renowned honor society. He was named to the Provost's Circle (top junior student-athletes) in 2015-16 and selected as a Garnish Scholar in Fall, 2016 (top seniors). In early May, he received the Peter DiPasquale Award as the top senior male scholar-athlete. He was a biology lab research assistant and a workshop leader in biology. He worked as a campus tour guide for the Office of Admissions and was a member of the Varsity Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Currently, he is doing a summer internship at the CalTech/NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. He will return to Rochester in the Fall to take a fifth year of study tuition free under Rochester's Take Five Program.
Complete List of 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Cross Country/Track & Field Teams