NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced academic honors for the 2015-16 track and field season. Belmont women's track and field earned Division I All-Academic team honors while recent graduate Hannah Wittman (Lindenhurst, Ill.) garnered individual All-Academic recognition.
Seven women's teams from the OVC earned All-Academic team status for the 2015-16 track and field campaign from the USTFCCCA. Belmont boasts the third-highest GPA in the conference with a team mark of 3.41, just behind Eastern Kentucky with a 3.46 and Eastern Illinois with a 3.45 GPA. Also making the list were Southeast Missouri State (3.32), Morehead State (3.28), Jacksonville State (3.16) and Austin Peay (3.14).
A total of 220 women's teams earned the distinction as a result of earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Wittman was one of 910 women from 192 institutions to have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined academic and athletic accomplishments. She is also only one of seven female student athletes to garner the honor in the OVC for the 2015-16 season.
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 at least one 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).
OVC Women's Track and Field Teams Selected USTFCCCA All-Academic
Austin Peay (3.14)
Eastern Illinois (3.45)
Eastern Kentucky (3.46)
Jacksonville State (3.16)
Morehead State (3.28)
Southeast Missouri State (3.32)