Kilmartin, Wilson tabbed USTFCCCA Academic All-Americans
Aug. 6, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named Texas' Donovan Kilmartin and Ryan Wilson Academic All-Americans on Wednesday. It is the fourth Academic All-America honor of Kilmartin's career and the first for Wilson.
A graduate student pursuing a master's degree in petroleum engineering, Kilmartin earned his undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering from Texas in August 2007 with a 3.55 GPA. Earlier this summer, he was named the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Men's Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year. Kilmartin also is a four-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 team and was presented with the Texas Exes Leadership Award at the 2007 Men's Athletics Academic Awards Banquet. That award is given to a UT men's athlete who embodies the attributes that are valued in alumni leadership.
Kilmartin, an Eagle, Idaho native, is a three-time NCAA Champion in the heptathlon (indoors), the only male in NCAA history to win the event three times. He set a then-NCAA record in the heptathlon with a score of 6,136 points as a freshman. Kilmartin also is a five-time Big 12 Champion. He won the 2008 Big 12 decathlon title with 7,675 points, a score that ranked eighth nationally entering the NCAA Championships.
Wilson has earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA while studying in the professional program in accounting. He is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 performer in track and field and a three-time academic all-conference selection in cross country. A two-time All-Big 12 performer, Wilson reached the NCAA Midwest Regional in 2008, where he finished 21st in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
The USTFCCCA honors Division I individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
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 the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.