July 24, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State men’s and women’s track & field teams had plenty of reason to celebrate today.
Seven Rams found themselves on the prestigious United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) list for outstanding academic achievement for the 2012-2013 seasons.
Three members of the women’s team found themselves on the list of 710 athletes recognized this year. The Rams’ three honorees were part of 30 Mountain West female athletes to make the list. Colorado State’s three selections tied for fourth-best in the conference.
Junior thrower Kiah Hicks, graduating senior thrower Liz Johnson, and senior jumper Ashley Reid were the three selectees for the women’s squad. This is the second consecutive year that Hicks has been honored with the award.
On the men’s side, four Rams were recognized for their outstanding work, as well. Distance runners Seth Butler (senior) and Andrew Goodman (junior) were both honored, as were graduating multi-event senior Josh McMillin and sophomore thrower Tyler Schultz.
Both the men’s and women’s teams earned team honors, as well. The women’s team was one of only three Mountain West squads to earn the team honor, and their cumulative 3.31 GPA was tops in the conference.
The men were one of only two Mountain West teams to make the list. Their 3.18 GPA was second only to New Mexico.
The USTFCCCA honors Division I individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. 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).