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Nine members of the Utah State track & field programs were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their performance both athletically and academically during the 2016-17 season, it was announced Friday afternoon.
Combining their accomplishments both in the classroom and the field of competition during the recently completed academic year, these nine Aggies were part of a group of 1,268 men and women who earned Division I USTFCCCA all-academic honors.
For the Utah State women, senior Tori Parkinson, juniors Olivia Moriconi and Tylee Newman-Skinner, and sophomores Kashley Carter and Cierra Simmons, were all recognized by the USTFCCCA.
Parkinson has now earned the honors three times in her career and it is the second time Carter has been recognized.
Graduate transfer Joshua Gordon, senior Devin Wright, sophomore Spencer Fehlberg and freshman Michael Bluth were honored on the men’s side for the Aggies.
For Wright, it is the fourth time he has garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Tulsa’s Marc Scott, Texas Tech’s Trey Culver, Stanford’s Grant Fisher and Akron’s Matt Ludwig were tabbed the Male Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division I track & field by the USTFCCCA.
Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer, Georgia’s Keturah Orji, Boise State’s Allie Ostrander and San Francisco’s Charlotte Taylor were selected the Female Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Scholar Athletes of the Year were selected as the highest finishing performers at the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships who achieved USTFCCCA all-academic status. Those who won individual championship titles ranked higher in the tie-breaking process and cumulative GPA is weighed as the final tiebreaker.
Separate awards are given to track athletes and field athletes for the indoor and outdoor season for a total of four categories.
Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 752 women earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors. On the men’s side, 516 student-athletes were honored.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards:
For the indoor season, they must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top-96 in an individual event or ranked in the top-48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org. For the outdoor season, they must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships, including preliminary rounds.
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