LOGAN, Utah - A total of 14 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 2015-16 season, it was announced Thursday.
Combining their accomplishments both in the classroom and the field of competition during the recently completed academic year, these 14 Aggies were part of a group of 1,480 men and women who earned Division I USTFCCCA all-academic honors.
For the Utah State men, senior Parker Bluth, senior Nic Bowens, senior Cole Lambourne, junior Benjamin Johnston, junior Landon Watts, junior Devin Wright, sophomore Jordan Beutler and freshman Leaugen Fray were all recognized by the USTFCCCA.
For Bluth, Bowens, Lambourne and Wright, it is the third time in their respective careers they have garnered USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, while Beutler has been honored twice.
On the women’s side, seniors Maci Bingham and Jodi Williams, juniors Mia Estes and Tori Parkinson, and freshmen Kashley Carter and Madelyn Sirmon were honored.
Estes and Williams have earned the honor three times in their careers and it is the second time Bingham and Parkinson have been recognized.
Stanford’s Sean McGorty, Texas’ Ryan Crouser, Michigan’s Mason Ferlic and Oklahoma State’s Nick Miller were tabbed the male Scholar Athletes of the Year in Division I track & field for the 2015-16 campaign by the USTFCCCA.
Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel, New Mexico’s Courtney French and Arkansas’ Lexi Weeks were tabbed 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, but Weeks swept both field awards to make it three categories.
Including the Scholar Athletes of the Year, a total of 570 men from 161 institutions earned USTFCCCA all-academic honors. On the women’s side, 910 student-athletes from 192 institutions 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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