Tigers Capture USTFCCCA Academic Honors
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The University of Memphis men's and women's track and field teams earned several academic honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) the organization announced on Wednesday.
"It is difficult for me to express how proud I am of the academic achievements of both of our track squads, and our cross country program," said head track and field/cross country coach Kevin Robinsonsaid. "We have come such a long way as a program, both academically and athletically. We have acquired many honors and awards for our performances this year, but I must say this is what I am most excited about."
The men's and women's teams each earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors. The women's squad posted a team GPA of 3.15, earning academic honor, with the men's squad posting a team GPA of 3.06. Both teams earned the honor for the second year in a row. Teams attain USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status by maintaining a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.
The Tigers also earned several individual awards. Manuel Ziegler earned USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the year honors along with Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Alexander Ziegler of Virginia Tech. Along with carrying a GPA of 3.79 in international business, Manuel Ziegler earned All-America first team honors with his second place finish in the triple jump at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Ziegler, Kyle Bynum (javelin), Luis Hanssler (long jump), and Yannik Schaly(shot put) each earned USTFCCCA Men's All-Academic individual honors, setting a program-record with four selections. Bynum carried a GPA of 3.58 majoring in biomedical engineering. Hanssler recorded a GPA of 3.85 majoring in international business. Schaly notched a 3.40 GPA majoring in sport and leisure management.
The women's squad set a program-record with eight athletes earning USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic individual honors. Of the 187 institutions that had athletes earn women's individual honors, Memphis' eight selections are tied for seventh. Clara Amat Fernandez (pole vault), Vivian Brandhoff (shot put), Kala Funderburk (400m, 4 x 400m), Sabrina Hochreuther (pole vault), Britta Jaarats (shot put), Monica Mason (4 x 400m), Xenia Rahn (heptathlon) and Cyarra Wells(weight throw) each captured the academic accolade.
Amat Fernandez earned a 3.53 GPA majoring in biology. Brandoff earned a 3.88 GPA majoring in sport and leisure management. Funderburk scored a 3.52 GPA majoring in journalism. Hochreuther notched a 3.95 GPA majoring in criminal justice. Jaarats, a sociology major, recorded a GPA of 3.43. Mason earned a 3.32 GPA majoring in in mathematical sciences. Rahn logged a GPA of 3.77 majoring in international business. Wells, an accounting major, earned a GPA of 3.73.
"Many thanks go out to Bob Baker, and his staff in the athletic academic center, for the support that is given to our programs," said Robinson. "I also want to thank the members of the team and the coaching staff. Their commitment to success is what makes these kinds of things possible."
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).
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