Track & Field Athletes Earn National Academic Honors
July 25, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -- Six Washington State University track and field student-athletes received national recognition for their combination of athletic and academic excellence in 2012 among all NCAA Division I institutions by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Cougar steeplechasers Ruby Roberts (sophomore, Kingston, Wash.) and Andrew Gonzales (sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) were honored with the national academic recognition for the second consecutive year. WSU men being named included pole vaulter Jake Baertlein (senior, Portland), and distance runners Drew Jordan (redshirt freshman, Medford, Ore.) and Andrew Kimpel (sophomore, Spokane). Javelin thrower Celena Ward (freshman, Spokane) was the second Cougar woman to receive the national academic nod.
There were 676 women student-athletes representing 171 institutions, and 431 men student-athletes representing 148 institutions, tapped for the 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic teams. In the women's honors, the Big Ten Conference earned 81 plaudits to lead the league category with the Big 12 (76) second and the Pac-12 third with 66 honorees. For a complete lists of honorees, go to www.ustfccca.org.
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).
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