Love of the game

Wheaton’s intercollegiate athletics program takes great pride in the performance of its teams.

-The college’s athletics web site currently touts the fact that the program ranked 53rd in the country among NCAA Division III schools, according to the Learfield. The site also highlights Wheaton’s eight NCAA national championships, 13, ECAC titles, and 84 NEWMAC regular season and tournament crowns.

All legitimate reasons for pride. Distance runner Sean Astle highlights another reason to boast about Wheaton’s sports. The college fields scholar-athletes who take learning and school very seriously, he tells the Fairfield Citizen.

“We try, as a team, to become Academic All-Americans,” Astle said. “We got that this year.”

And by the way, he adds, “Some of my best friends are teammates and they’re national champions.”