July 24, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - For the first time in program history, the UCF track and field team earned the high honor of USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year for the outdoor season.
Among 187 women’s programs that demonstrated excellence both academically and athletically to earn All-Academic Team honors, UCF stood out as the top-finishing team at the outdoor NCAA Division I Championships to post at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade-point average.
The Knights claimed the outdoor track & field Scholar Team of the Year award with a cumulative 3.166 team GPA, marking the fifth different team to earn the honor in the past five seasons. UCF finished fifth overall at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships with 35 team points. A pair of runner-up finishes at 100 meters and in the 4×100 relay accented six total scoring performances for the Black and Gold.
Four members of the team were also singled out Wednesday for their scholastic achievement, earning distinction on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
Senior hurdler Lutisha Bowen (interdisciplinary studies); senior long jumper Sonnisha Williams (sports and exercise science); sophomore thrower Precious Ogunleye (interdisciplinary studies) and freshman sprinter/long jumper Alexis Faulknor (sports and exercise science) were among a group of 710 women who earned the honor.
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).
Bowen, Williams and Ogunleye were all named to the Conference USA Honor Roll this past season. Williams earned her bachelor's degree in May and Bowen is on pace to graduate in August.
Faulknor, who emerged as the USA junior long jump champion in June, will represent the Red, White and Blue at the Pan Am Junior Games in Colombia in August.