Nine Longhorns earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors
July 27, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 2012 edition of its All-Academic Track & Field Team this week with nine members of the Texas Women's Track & Field program earning the honor.
Victoria Lucas (3.40, Physical Culture & Sports) earned her third USTFCCCA All-Academic honor after jumping to a spot on the All-America first team in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also competed in the high jump at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Okwukwe Okolie (3.30, Exercise Science) and Beverly Owoyele (3.57, Exercise Science) both picked up their second USTFCCCA All-Academic honor. Lucas, Okolie and Owoyele graduated from Texas in May.
Junior Shanay Briscoe (3.54, Marketing) received her second All-Academic accolade after an impressive sophomore campaign. She was named first-team All-America in 2012 for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, placing second in the high jump at NCAA Outdoors. Briscoe also competed to a fourth-place finish at the Olympic Trials with a career-best jump of 1.92 (6-03.75).
Also earning their second All-Academic honor were juniors Briana Nelson (3.31, Economics) and Marielle Hall (3.42, Government) and senior Chalonda Goodman (3.51, Marketing). Nelson (4x400m relay), Goodman (100m and 200m) and Hall (1500m) each competed to All-America honors at NCAA Outdoors with Nelson and Goodman also representing Texas at the Olympic Trials in June.
Sophomore Morgan Snow (3.41, Biology) received her first USTFCCCA All-Academic honor. Snow was second-team All-America in both the 100m hurdles and as a member of Texas' 4x100m relay at NCAA Outdoors. Also picking up her first All-Academic honor was senior Laleh Mojtabaeezamani (3.82, Government).
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).