Hope College’s Boone Marois has earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic NCAA Division III All-District Men’s Track & Field/ Cross Country Team for the 2016 spring season.

The Academic All-District™ teams include the student-athletes eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. Student athletes are nominated by their college’s sports information director. To be considered, they must have at least 3.3 GPA. 

Marois is one of 11 honorees from District 6. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees are eligible for Academic All-America consideration. 

Marois has graduated from Hope after majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. The senior from Traverse City, Michigan (Traverse City HS) ran the anchor leg in the Flying Dutchmen’s NCAA All-American 4x100 relay. 

The 4x100 relay also set school and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association records this season while also claiming an MIAA Field Day title. 

Marois claimed his second All-MIAA Outdoor Track & Field First-Team recognition this spring and qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. 

Marois was a MIAA champion in the 200 meters and the 4x100 relay that he anchored. He won the 200 meters at the MIAA Field Day as a freshman as well. 

Marois is the recipient of the college's Otto van der Velde Award, while Sheridan was given the John Schouten award. The Otto van der Velde award is presented since 1932 to a senior man for outstanding contribution to the college in athletics, scholarship and participation in student activities.

This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA recognizes four teams - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-District Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. Previously, CoSIDA recognized a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I); with the four teams, CoSIDA has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. 

The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.