Men's Track & Field places three on USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
July 27, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Texas Men's Track & Field had three current student-athletes named to the 2012 Division I USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, the coaches association announced this week. Petter Olson, Will Nation and Austin Roth each earned the honor for the first time.
Olson sports a 3.75 GPA in undergraduate studies. The sophomore, who competes in the combined events, was the Big 12 champion in the heptathlon during the indoor season. He went on to earn first-team All-America honors after a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. During the outdoor season, Olson earned All-Big 12 First Team honors by placing sixth in the decathlon at the conference meet and was earned a spot on the All-America Second Team following his performance at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Nation, a junior, carries a 3.35 grade point average in computer science. He adds the USTFCCCA All-Academic selection to his Academic All-Big 12 accolades for his sophomore cross country and track & field campaigns in 2011-12. Nation's competitive season included advancing to the NCAA West Regional in the 10,000m, where he posted a time of 30:52.01 to finish 19th.
Redshirt junior Roth owns a 3.63 GPA in finance. He joined Nation on the Academic All-Big 12 Track & Field team in May after placing third in the 3000m Steeplechase in a personal-best time of 8:53.09 to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors. He also advanced to the NCAA West Regional, where he placed 19th in the Steeplechase.
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).