Track: Eleven Receive All-Academic Status
- By Daniel Whitehead
- August 04, 2011 01:46 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University was well-represented with 11 track and field athletes being named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Track and Field Team.
Mountaineer student-athletes Sarah-Anne Brault, Chelsea Carrier, Kaylyn Christopher, Kaitlyn Gillespie, Kathryn Harrison, Ahna Lewis, Meghan Mock, Jessica O’Connell, April Rotilio, Chene Townsend and Katelyn Williams were among 663 NCAA Division I track and field athletes across the nation to receive the honor.
“These young ladies continue to make us proud,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “To rank in the Top 10 nationally in the classroom and Top 20 on the track is a wonderful accomplishment.
With 11 student-athletes named to the list, WVU tied for sixth in the nation for the most to be recognized. Out of 306 schools, Nebraska had 19 honorees to lead the nation, followed by Stanford (18), Oregon (13), Texas (12), Indiana (12) and Duke and West Virginia with 11 athletes. The BIG EAST Conference was the third-most represented league for the award with 65 athletes being recognized.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
“Much of this success goes to the commitment of our student-athletes, but I feel very strongly that the support of Paul Downey and his staff at the academic center in conjunction with my coaching staff’s dedication to our team’s overall vision must be mentioned,” Cleary says. “To have 11 athletes on the list speaks volumes about the young ladies that we surround ourselves with.”
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