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UVU track: both UVU track teams, four student-athletes honored for academic success

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 24 2014 7:56 a.m. MDT

Utah Valley University men's and women's track and field teams, as well as four student-athletes, were honored for their academic success by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.

The UVU men's team is one of 116 squads to make the cut with a 3.13 team GPA, while the women's team is one of 208 to be honored with a 3.14 team GPA. The accolade marks the Wolverine women's squads' fifth consecutive appearance on the list, while the men's team has now made the prestigious honor in four of the past five years.

To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a squad must have earned a 3.00 cumulative team GPA or higher.

On the individual side, distance runners Brooke Hodson-Davies and Trac Norris, as well as decathlete Michael McPherson, were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the second time in their careers, while high jumper Scott Moake was named All-Academic for the first time. All four Wolverines were NCAA qualifiers this past outdoor season, and McPherson became the program's first-ever NCAA Championship qualifier and All-American after he placed 16th in the decathlon at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships a month ago.

Moake led the way for UVU with a 3.85 GPA in marketing, while Hodson-Davies (history education) and Norris (exercise science and recreation) each recorded 3.72 GPA's and McPherson (exercise science & recreation) put up a 3.25 GPA.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA Individual 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).
A total of 727 women from 193 different institutions earned All-Academic honor for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments, while 496 men from 165 schools were also recognized by the USTFCCCA.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.