TEMPE, Ariz.—Nine members of the Arizona State track and field teams have been named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Teams, the organization announced.
Six women and three men earned the annual individual recognition while both the men’s and women’s teams were named All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA as well.
For the second consecutive year, Alex Hartig led the women’s side with a 4.00 GPA (Accountancy), while Sarah Geren (3.92, Biological Sciences), Payton Schutte (3.57, Speech and Hearing Science), Ashley Weber (3.55, Psychology), Shelby Houlihan (3.40, Computer Science), and Shaylah Simpson (3.29, Psychology) were also recognized.
This marks Houlihan’s, ASU’s 1500m NCAA Champion, second UTSFCCCA academic honor this year, as she was named to the cross-country list following the 2013 campaign.
A trio of seniors represented the men’s program in Garrett Baker-Slama (Kinesiology), Keith Cleveland (Liberal Studies), and Steven Schnieders (Accountancy). Baker-Slama and Cleveland both earned 4.00 GPAs this year, while Schnieders recorded a 3.40 as he completed his graduate degree.
As a team, the women amassed a GPA of 3.35 while the men finished the year at 3.06.
The nine individuals bring ASU’s all-time USTFCCCA All-Academic individual tally to 112; all 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 at least one 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).