Willamette Men's and Women's Track and Field Teams Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

NEW ORLEANS, LA. -- The Willamette University men’s and women’s track and field teams have received All-Academic status from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2007 season. The Bearcat women’s squad ended the academic year with a 3.43 cumulative team GPA, while the Willamette men’s team achieved a 3.21 cumulative GPA. A total of 73 women’s track and field teams and 47 men’s track and field teams in NCAA Division III were selected for the All-Academic award. Each squad had to earn a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.0 in order to earn All-Academic honors.

In addition to the team awards, nine Willamette women’s track and field student-athletes were named to the USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team for NCAA Division III as a result of their academic and athletic success. Overall, 183 student-athletes from Division III were chosen for the Women’s All-Academic Team. Willamette’s nine selections tied for the third highest-total, while Wartburg College (Iowa) led Division III with 12 All-Academic picks. Each All-Academic selection was recognized for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, while earning an NCAA national qualifying standard in one or more events this spring.

Willamette’s individual honorees were Maddie Coffman (So., Boise, ID/Boise HS), Mariah Hanson (Sr., Poulsbo, WA/North Kitsap HS), Jennifer Luecht (Fr., Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS), Lydia Marsalli (Fr., Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Union HS), Andrea May (Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome HS), Autumn Schmeck (Fr., Beaverton, OR/Aloha HS), Jordyn Smith (Jr., Henderson, NV/Green Valley HS), Jena Winger (So., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) and Sarah Zerzan (Jr., San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS).

Coffman earned a 3.75 GPA while majoring in Biology. Hanson achieved a 3.75 GPA as a Psychology major. Luecht, who is undecided regarding her major, was credited with a 3.25 GPA.

Marsalli, a Psychology major, attained a 3.80 GPA. May added a 3.60 GPA with a major in Biology. Schmeck, who is undecided regarding her major, produced a 3.58 GPA.

Smith achieved a 3.30 GPA while working toward a major in Exercise Science. Winger, also an Exercise Science major, contributed a 3.64 GPA. Zerzan, who is majoring in Chemistry (Biochemistry track), added a 3.93 GPA.

Willamette’s All-Academic selections also excelled at the NCAA Division III National Championships, where they helped the Bearcat women’s team take 18th place in the team standings. Zerzan finished second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:51.18. WU’s 4 x 400-meter relay team of May, Luecht, Marsalli and Hanson placed fifth in the finals with a school record time of 3:47.42. Smith took eighth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.82. Zerzan, Smith and the four 4 x 400 relay teams members earned All-America status.

Coffman just missed All-America honors when she placed ninth in the 1,500-meter run in 4:38.27. May, Marsalli and Schmeck contributed to Willamette’s 4 x 100-meter relay team, which set a school record of 47.78 seconds at the national championships, but missed the finals by three one-hundredths of a second. Other All-Academic picks who represented Willamette at nationals, but did not advance to the finals, were May in the 100-meter hurdles, Winger in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Hanson in the 400-meter dash. Zerzan qualified for nationals in the 1,500-meter run, but did not compete in order to focus on the 5,000. Likewise, Smit
qualified in the 400-meter hurdles, but did not compete.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh was chosen NCAA Division III Women’s All-Academic Team of the Year. UW-Oshkosh, which achieved a 3.29 cumulative team GPA, won its second consecutive national championship, while claiming its third title in the past four years. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville earned NCAA Division III Men’s All-Academic Team of the Year honors. UW-Platteville, with a 3.032 team GPA, placed fourth at the national championships.

Terri Schwamb of UW-Oshkosh was named NCAA Division III Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Schwamb, a junior who earned a 3.959 GPA with a major in Math Education, won an individual national title in the hammer throw. Fritz Nugent from the University of Redlands was chosen NCAA Division III Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Fritz won a national championship in the decathlon with a score of 7,199. He achieved a 3.90 GPA while working toward a Master of Arts degree. He previously attained a 3.67 GPA on his way to a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art at Redlands.

Complete list of NCAA Division III men's and women's track and field teams earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

Complete list of Willamette track and field student-athletes earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

Willamette Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status

Willamette Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Status