TEMPE – Seven members of the Arizona State University track and field program were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team, the USTFCCCA has announced.
Four women and three men earned the annual individual honor while both the men’s and women’s teams were named All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA as well.
CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans Sarah Geren and Nick Happe led the way for the Sun Devils, adding to their seemingly ever-growing list of academic accolades.
The Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year in both cross country and track, Happe recorded a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. in accountancy and graduated from esteemed Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State. Happe will continue his postgraduate work at the Notre Dame Law School beginning in Fall of 2013.
The St. Charles, Mo. native won the Pac-12 outdoor title in the 5,000 meters and also scored in the 1,500. Happe, who earned NCAA All-American honors in the indoor 3,000 meters, was the first individual in school history to post top-five indoor marks in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. He was a second team All-Pac-12 and All-West Region cross country performer.
Geren, a junior, holds a 4.00 G.P.A. as she works toward a degree in conservation biology with a minor in anthropology. She is also a student at venerable Barrett, The Honors College.
Geren was a member of 4x400-meter relay team that finished second at the Pac-12 Championships this season with a time of 3:32.53, the ninth-best time in school history. She also scored in the 400m at the Pac-12 Championships. She also earned second-team All-America honors as part of 4x400 relay indoors following 12th-place finish.
Also earning recognition from the USTFCCCA was Pac-12 and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award-winner Constance Ezugha. The 2012 Pac-12 long jump champion also earned the Tom Hansen Medal of Honor from the Pac-12 earlier this summer.
Alex Hartig had the highest G.P.A. on the women’s side, as the sophomore logged a 3.99 G.P.A. in accountancy this year while also scoring in three different events (shot put, discus, javelin) and the Pac-12 Championships.
The 2013 1,500-meter and cross country All-American Shelby Houlihan also earned a spot on the women’s All-Academic team after posting a 3.60 G.P.A. in computer science.
For the men’s 2013 CoSIDA Capital One All-Academic All-District VIII selection Garrett Baker-Slama earned is first USTFCCCA recognition with his 4.00 G.P.A. in kinesiology.
Pole vault senior and Pac-12 point-scorer Dylan Austin rounded out this year’s selections with a 3.61 GPA in industrial design.
The men’s and women’s teams also earned recognition as All-Academic Teams as the NCAA Championships roster for both programs achieved a G.P.A. over 3.0 with the women posting a 3.17 cumulative G.P.A. and the men hosting a solid 3.09.
ASU’s seven individual selections brings ASU’s all-time USTFCCCA All-Academic individual tally to 103, all of which coming under head coach Greg Kraft.
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).