WU Track and Field Teams Earn 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 2009 season. The Willamette women’s team ended the academic year with a 3.500 cumulative team grade point average, while the Bearcat men’s squad achieved a 3.228 cumulative GPA.

A total of 100 women’s track and field teams and 51 men’s track and field teams in NCAA Division III were selected for the All-Academic award. Each squad had to earn at least a 3.1 cumulative team GPA in order to achieve All-Academic honors.

Shenandoah University (Va.) recorded the highest GPA by a women's team at 3.676. Colorado College led all men's teams with a 3.490 GPA.

A total of four Bearcat 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. The Willamette men's track and field team placed three athletes on the USTFCCCA Men's All-Academic Team.

Overall, 278 student-athletes from Division III were chosen for the Women’s All-Academic Team. Calvin College (Iowa) led Division III with 13 All-Academic picks. Each All-Academic selection was recognized for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher, while earning an NCAA national qualifying standard in one or more events this spring.

Willamette’s All-Academic selections from the women's team were:
Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS)
Jennifer Luecht (Jr, Milwaukie, OR/Rex Putnam HS)
Kimber Mattox (Fr., Bend Oregon/Bend HS/Cornell University)
Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS).

The Men's All-Academic Team included 187 NCAA Division III student-athletes. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) and Tufts University (Mass.) tied for the most selections in Division III with eight All-Academic picks.

All-Academic selections for the WU men's team were:
Evin Colignon (So., Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy)
Reid Gilbertson (Fr., Lake Elmo, WA/Stillwater HS)
Drew Lackman (Sr., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS).

National champion Wartburg College (Iowa) with a 3.227 GPA was chosen as the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year. Whitworth University with a 3.327 GPA was named the NCAA Division III Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, after tying for sixth place at the NCAA Championships. Each Scholar Team award went to the squad that attained the highest national finish while also earning All-Academic status.

Sumer Rohrs of Frostburg State University (Md.) was named NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Rohrs, a senior with a 3.607 GPA and a major in Psychology, won individual national titles in the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.

Caitlin Schetter from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse was selected as the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. Schetter, a senior majoring in Communications, achieved a 3.75 GPA. She won the NCAA long jump championship and placed sixth in the triple jump.

Brian Harvey of Carnegie Mellon University was chosen NCAA Division III Men’s Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Harvey took second place in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships. He earned a 3.98 GPA while majoring in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

Brock Solveson from Concordia University (Wisc.) was named NCAA Division III Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Solveson won the NCAA title in the javelin throw and placed 10th in the decathlon.

WOMEN'S COMPLETE LIST
NCAA Division III
Teams with All-Academic status
MEN'S COMPLETE LIST
NCAA Division III
Teams with All-Academic status
The WU men's and women's track and field teams have received All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.

The WU men's and women's track and field teams have received All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA.