Lincoln- The Nebraska track and field team was honored on Wednesday as the Huskers were selected for the USTFCCCA All-Academic lists. Head Coach Gary Pepin’s women’s squad produced 11 selections, while the men had 13 honorees.
Mara Griva and Morgan Wilken, who both earned 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, led the way for the women. They were joined by Paula Andrie, Jessica Furlan, Veronica Grizzle, Ellie Grooters, Kari Heck, Maggie Malone, Anne Martin, Carlie Pinkelman and Jordan Stiens. Nebraska’s 11 selections rounded out the top five, while Duke led the field with 14 individual nods, followed by both Stanford and Arkansas with 13 apiece. Minnesota earned 12 honors. The Big Ten topped the conference competition with 76 All-Academic individuals, edging out the SEC with 71 and the Pac-12 with 66.
The men were led by four-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and 2013 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year Bjorn Barrefors. He was joined by Oladapo Akinmoladun, Tommy Brinn, Craig Driver, Levi Gipson, Janis Leitis, Sean Pille, Cody Rush, Christian Sanderfer, Taylor Shapland, Teran Walford, John Welk and Seth Wiedel. The BYU men topped the list with 16 honorees, while Nebraska’s 13 individual selections was second. Fellow Big Ten schools Minnesota and Indiana each earned 11 honors, while Arkansas was fifth with nine. As the only conference with multiple teams with 10 or more honorees, the Big Ten led all conferences with 70 total selections – nearly doubling the runner-up ACC (36) and exactly doubling the SEC (35).
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).
In addition, both the men’s and women’s squads were named All-Academic scholar teams. The women’s team was one of 187 women’s programs that earned All-Academic Team honors, while the men were one of 111 earning the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better.