UCF Track and Field Earns Academic Accolades

July 23, 2014

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By Dan Forcella

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF track and field program earned All-Academic Team honors and five student-athletes received All-Academic accolades, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday.

The Knights were one of 208 women's track and field teams across the nation to garner the award as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.  UCF had a 3.26 for the season.

Junior sprinter Kirsten Nieuwendam (interdisciplinary studies), sophomore sprinter Briana Vaughn (interdisciplinary studies), freshman sprinter J'Nea Bellamy (sports and exercise science), sophomore distance runner Anne-Marie Blaney (health sciences/pre-clinical), and redshirt-freshman sprinter Ashley Jocelyn (sports and exercise science) were among the 727 student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA.

The five were honored for a combination of excellence athletically and academically.  To qualify for the award, each student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met one of the follow 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).

This marks the second straight season that the Knights have been honored by the USTFCCCA for their achievement in the classroom.  Last year, UCF was named the Scholar Team of the Year for the outdoor season.



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