Men's T&F gets national academic honors

Men's T&F gets national academic honors

USTFCCCA individual news release

USTFCCCA team news release

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Men's Awards

The MIAC champion St. Thomas men's track and field was a repeat honoree on the 2017 All-Academic Team selected by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.

With more than 90 athletes on their roster, the Tommies have 3.23 grade-point average to rank in the top 65 among Division III men's programs.

In addition, eight Tommies received the USTFCCCA's individual All-Academic honor:

  • Senior Connor O'Neill (Stillwater), a 2014 NCAA outdoor All-America in the pole vault, majored in ; he was an NCAA qualifier with a top-five height in the pole vault outdoors, and also competed at nationas in the multi event indoor; he was a repeat honoree.
  • Senior Michael Witschen (Monticello), who majors in Mechanical Engineering, ranked in the top 10 nationally outdoors in the long jump; he was a repeat honoree.
  • Senior Micah Hausman (Eagan), a Leadership and Management major, ranked among the top 25 nationally both in the indoor shot and weight throws and ranked in ghe top 12 the outdoor shot out; he was a repeat honoree, and also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Senior Evan Cross (Woodbury/Hill-Murray HS), a Leadership and Management major, ranked in the top 30 in the long jump.
  • Senior Evan Keil (Lakeville, Minn./South), a Biology major, ranked among the top 50 nationally in the pole vault; he also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Senior Craig Murtha (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier), an Operations Management major, ranked among the top 30 nationally in the discus; he also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Rising junior Austin Jochum (Foley, Minn.), an Exercise Science major, ranked among the top 21 nationally in the hammer; he also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Rising sophomore Lucas Cronin (Medford, Minn.), an Actuarial Science major, ranked among the top 50 nationally in the pole vault; he also made Academic All-MIAC.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester, and either qualify for indoor or outdoor nationals, or make the national D-III final season performance list by TFRRS.

Academic All-MIAC honorees have a minimum 3.50 gpa.

 

Women's Awards

The MIAC champion St. Thomas women's track and field was a repeat honoree on the 2017 All-Academic Team selected by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.

The Tommies rank among the top 35 team recipients with their excellent 3.50 grade-point average among more than 70 squad members.

Nine Tommies who contributed to MIAC team title sweeps indoors and outdoors also received the USTFCCCA's All-Academic honors: 

  • Rising senior Laura Eischens (Ham Lake, Minn./Totino-Grace), who competed at both the indoor and outdoor nationals in the multievent, was a repeat honoree. She is a Geology major and also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Senior Kayla Janto (West Bend, Wis./West), a Neuroscience major, ranked in the top 25 in the indoor 800 and on the DM relay ranked 15th; she also made Academic All-MIAC. She also received the award in cross country each of the last two seasons.
  • Senior Alex Fossum (Chanhassen), who majored in Public Health Studies, competed at indoor nationals in the 5,000 meters and ran on the top-15 ranked DM relay; she also made Academic All-MIAC. She also received the award in cross country each of the last three seasons.
  • Senior Allison Mellin (Bloomington/Jefferson), a Marketing Management major, ranked in the top 50 of the indoor weight throw; she also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Rising senior Ali Glassbrenner (Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial), an Actuarial Science major, ran on the DM relay ranked in the top 15 in the nation; she also made Academic All-MIAC. She also received the award in cross country.
  • Rising senior Brielle Bierman (La Crescent) competed at outdoor nationals in the 400 hurdles; she also made Academic All-MIAC.
  • Rising junior Grace Bordson (Hutchinson), an Operations Management major, ranked in the top 50 of the indoor high jump;
  • Rising junior Katelyn Marciniak (Ham Lake/Blaine) and rising sophomore Anna Smith (Chaska) ran on the 4x100 relay that was ranked among the top 35 nationally. Marciniak, a double major in Human Resource Management and Legal Studies in Business, also made Academic All-MIAC. Smith is an Exercise Science major.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater through the most-recent semester, and either qualify for indoor or outdoor nationals, or make the national D-III final season performance list by TFRRS.

Academic All-MIAC honorees have a minimum 3.50 gpa.

One other Tommie -- senior Bridget McGivern (Eagan, Minn.) -- was voted CoSIDA Academic All-District for CC and track and field.