The Utah track & field team was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team on Thursday.
Aug. 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The University of Utah women's track & field team was recognized as an All-Academic team for the 2010-11 the track & field seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"On behalf of our team, coaching staff, and academic support staff, I am extremely pleased by this honor," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We have over 40 young women who work extremely hard in the classroom to achieve at the highest level possible. To be one of about half of the women's track and field teams across the country to qualify for this honor is another step forward for this program and everyone who is associated with it.
"I want to thank our team's athletic academic advisor, Rob Rainey, for all of the hard work and dedication he displayed in helping all of our student-athletes achieve at this level."
To qualify for the award, teams must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. The Utes maintained a 3.29 GPA during the 2010-11 academic year while three individuals, Alyssa Abbott, Angela Kaplar and Amanda Mergaert, were named to the USTFCCCA's All-Academic Team.
A total of 164 schools were tapped as USTFCCCA All-Academic teams.
The Utah cross country team begins training for the 2011 season next Tuesday and its first competition will be Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Utah State Open.