NEW ORLEANS – A total of seven Lumberjacks from the Northern Arizona University track and field team were named 2016 All-Academic Individuals by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Thursday afternoon.
In order to receive the prestigious USTFCCCA academic recognition, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average, while also meeting one of two athletic accomplishments: ranking in the top-96 of an individual indoor event, or they must have participated in any round of NCAA Division I Championships during the outdoor season—which includes the preliminary rounds as well.
On the men's side for NAU, senior Caleb Hoover graduated this past spring with a 3.97 GPA as a biomedical science major, while underclassmen Cory Glines and Tyler Day also bested the minimum 3.25 GPA requirement.
For Hoover, it was his showing in the 3000m steeplechase at NCAA Championships that allowed him to secure the athletic requirement necessary for the USTFCCCA All-Academic title. Glines, competing in the 5000m and 10000m events, and Day, competing in the 10K event, scored their athletic qualification at NCAA West Prelims.
On the women's side, it was Brooke Andersen, Tiana Hatler-Stefick, Jessica Weise and Melanie Townsend earning all-academic accolades. Like Hoover, Weise graduated in May with a degree in sociology, while Andersen, Hatler-Stefick and Townsend will return to the Lumberjack track and field squad next season.
Athletically, Weise ranked 76th nationally in the women's shot put during the indoor campaign, while Andersen finished the season 52nd in the women's weight throw. For Hatler-Stefick and Townsend, both competed at NCAA West Prelims in Lawrence, Kan., at the end of May in order to qualify athletically for the USTFCCCA academic honor.