Scholar Athletes | Scholar Teams

NEW ORLEANS - The Columbia cross country teams once again landed on the USTFCCCA Scholar teams list, while Brian Zabilski and Henna Rustami found their names on the All-Academic individuals list.

In order to be named to the individual All-Academic list, an athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, while finishing in the top-25 at the NCAA Regional Meet. The team award goes to squads that have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. This year, the Columbia women qualified at 3.33, while the men's team put up a 3.25.

On the individual side, Zabilski qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career, alongside rookie Kenny Vasbinder, who became the first Columbia freshman to run at NCAAs. Zabilski was an All-Ivy League competitor for the second time in his career this fall, taking 13th place at Heps in 24:13.0 (8K) to earn second team honors. During the outdoor track & field season of 2016, the Saugus, California, native was a second place finisher in the 5,000m run, matching the all-conference honor.

For Rustami, an eighth place finish at the NCAA Regionals meet helped the senior advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in her career. Rustami clocked a 20:57.3 (6K) at Heps, narrowly missing All-Ivy consideration, but followed that up with a 20:42.3 at the regional meet to advance. During the indoor track season, the Syosset, New York, native continues to impress, going 9:10.56 in the 3,000m run last weekend, which was the second best effort in school history.