JACKSON, N.H. — Northern Michigan's Adam Martin received the NCAA Skiing Elite 90 award Tuesday night.
Martin is the first Wildcat to earn this prestigious honor, which was established as the Elite 88 award in 2009–10.
"It's as awesome as having a national champion," said head coach Sten Fjeldheim. "We're extremely proud of Adam, and what he's been able to achieve is remarkable. Seeing how far he's come over the past four years has been amazing. He is an elite athlete and also a great student. He represents NMU and our program so well."
A senior mathematics and computer science double major, Martin has compiled a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. He has also been one of Northern Michigan's top skiers since arriving in Marquette in 2013.
This season, Martin swept the individual titles at the NCAA Central Region Championships. He is one of the Wildcats who will race at this year's NCAA Skiing Championships on March 9 and 11.
At the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships, Martin earned first team All-American accolades in the 10K freestyle (4th, 22:35.2) and the 20K classic (5th, 50:39.7). He also finished second in the USSA Grand Champion race based on his performance at the U.S. Cross Country Championships and U.S. Long Distance Championships.
In 2016 and 2017, Martin represented the United States at the U-23 World Championships, held in Rasnov, Romania and Park City and Midway, Utah respectively.
The Elite 90 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at the finals site for each NCAA championship. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Additional information about the award can be viewed on the NCAA website.