July 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Baylor men's and women's track and field teams, along with 11 individuals earned All-Academic recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced recently.
As a team, Baylor claimed honors on both sides, while 10 women's athletes and one men's athlete were honored individually for their combined work in the classroom and on the track.
For the women, seniors Mariah Kelly, Tiffani McReynolds, Alyssa Nichols and Jessica Shadley, juniors Lauren Cook, Rachel Johnson and Raena Rhone, sophomore Jenna Pfeiffer and freshmen Maggie Montoya and Annie Rhodes earned the distinction.
McReynolds was honored for a fourth-straight year, while Kelly and Rhone earned their third USTFCCCA academic honor and Nichols and Johnson each were recognized for a second time.
On the men's side, the lone individual to be honored was senior Blake Mayberry, who was placed on the list for a second straight season.
As a team, the women were one of 208 programs to receive recognition, while maintaining a 3.36 overall team GPA. The men recorded a team GPA mark of 3.04 to be one of 116 teams garnering All-Academic status.
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).
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