Track and field teams receive recognition for academic achievements

Members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams were recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their academic achievements during the winter semester.

On the women’s side, Alicia Aldrich, Sophia Bradley, Allison Dorr, Lauren Huebner, Jenna Keiser and Alona Olshevska received recognition for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.

On the men’s side, Clyde Anderson was acknowledged for his achievements.

Huebner, a rising senior, won the national championship in the women’s heptathlon at the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

She was honored by the Coaches Association for her academic honors.

“Academics have always been a big focus to me in my collegiate career,” Huebner said. “To excel in both arenas of being a student-athlete has always been the goal.”

Huebner thought the recognition was an honor, and she hopes more of her teammates will join the list next year.

The importance of hard work and dedication was echoed by fellow teammate, Olshevska, an upcoming sophomore.

She is committed to furthering her achievements.

“I am very thankful and blessed to be able to get such recognition,” Olshevska said. “I am willing to work even harder to get more achievements like this in the future.”

In all of Division II, 448 women earned academic honors, as well as 312 men.

To earn recognition from the Coaches Association, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative semester GPA of 3.25 or better while also achieving at least provisional marks in any track and field event.

In addition to seven individuals earning academic awards, both the men’s and women’s teams earned recognition from the Coaches Association.

To make the All-Academic team list, teams must maintain above a 3.0 GPA for the semester. The women’s team posted a GPA of 3.32, while the men’s team had a 3.11 average.

In addition to receiving academic awards, both the men’s and women’s teams gained a new assistant coach, Eric Phillips.

Phillips will be in charge of coaching distance athletes. He will assume the position of head coach for cross country.

The cross country team will kick off its season Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Northwood Invitational in Midland.

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