USD track athletes earn academic honors

USD track athletes earn academic honors The University of South Dakota's women's track and field team has been cited as an Academic All-America Team by the United States Track Coaches Association.

This marks the third time in the last five years that the Coyotes have been recognized nationally for academic success. Teams must carry at least a 3.00 GPA to be considered for the honor.

"This is the greatest accomplishment of our team this year," said Coyote head women's coach Lucky Huber. "It's very rewarding as a coach to have student-athletes excel in the classroom as they pursue their career objectives."

In addition, six individual Coyotes were selected as academic all-Americans by the United States Track Coaches Association. They are: seniors Tina Fenske, Paynesville, MN, Stefanie Senn, Burwell, NE; junior Amber Oolman, Paullina, IA; sophomore Sara Deckert, Doland; freshman Sandy Pelkofer, Rapid City and Molly Wedel, Spencer, IA.

Athletes must carry at least a 3.25 GPA and provisionally qualify for the national meet in order to be selected.

The Coyote women experienced a banner 1998-99 season. USD won the North Central Region cross-country title and the North Central Conference indoor track and field crown, while placing second at the NCC outdoor meet. All three programs finished in the top-10 at the NCAA championships.

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