Kansas women, 14 individuals earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

NEW ORLEANS – All-Academic team and individual honors for the 2016-17 NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field seasons were announced on Thursday and Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), with the Kansas women’s track & field team being honored as well as 14 men’s and women’s team members making the individual lists.
The Kansas women posted a 3.31 combined team GPA to earn a spot on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team list, while seven men and seven women found their names on the All-Academic Individuals list.
Freshman Bryce Hoppel, sophomores Hussain Al Hizam and Ivan Henry, juniors Chris Melgares, Ezekiel Welch and Brandon Lombardino, as well as senior Nick Maestretti all made the men’s individual list, while freshman Andrea Willis, sophomores Riley Cooney, Alexis Romero and Alaina Schroeder, juniors Laura Taylor and Courtney Coppinger, and senior Hannah Richardson graced the women’s list.
A total of 360 NCAA Division I teams were honored for their academic achievements by the USTFCCCA, 218 of which were women’s programs, compared to 142 men’s teams. Individually, 516 men earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors this year, while 752 women made the list.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one 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).
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