The NDSU women’s track and field team and 18 of its student-athletes were honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, known as USTFCCCA, as All-Academic performers. The men’s team and 12 of its student-athletes also were recognized. The association made the announcement July 22.
The women’s team’s total of 18 All-Academic individuals topped the school’s previous high of 16, established in 2016 and 2018. For the men’s team, the total of 12 All-Academic individuals shattered the previous school record of eight.
As a team, the Bison women earned their 16th straight USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, with a 3.595 cumulative GPA. The NDSU men recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.356 to also earn the All-Academic Team award for the 16th consecutive season. The minimum required cumulative GPA is 3.0
Women’s team honorees include Amanda Anderson, Kelby Anderson, Bailey Cowling, Peyton Frolek, Shelby Gunnells, Michaela Hawkins, Amy Herrington, Kendra Kelley, Jenna Kes, Jodi Lipp, Klara Lyon, Maddy Nilles, Annika Rotvold, Ansley Schug, Maggie Schwarzkopf, Rebecca Tomann, Tasha Willing and Kari Wolfe. Gunnells and Nilles were both honored for the sixth consecutive time, and Herrington and Schwarzkopf earned the accolade for the fourth time.
Men’s team honorees are Alex Bartholomay, Trent Davis, Clayton Hannula, Adrian Harris, Josh Knutson, Brandon Lewis, Trevor Otterdahl, Benji Phillips, Jacob Rodin, Alex Talley, Tony Ukkelberg and Eric VanErp. Otterdahl, Talley and Ukkelberg were honored for the fourth straight year.
To qualify, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA 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 in a relay event on the official NCAA performance list; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships, including preliminary rounds.
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