USD men's track team earns academic honors The University of South Dakota men's track and field team has received an Academic All-American Award from the United States Track Coaches Association (USCTA).
The team must carry a grade point average above 3.00 to be considered.
The South Dakota men's team had a cumulative 3.066 grade point average in 2002-03. As a result, both the Coyote men's and women's (announced July 2) track and field teams earned Academic All-American team status.
In addition, three members of the Coyote men's team also earned Academic All-American recognition. Individuals must have provisionally qualified for nationals while maintaining a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
They included: Paul Brozik, Winner, long jump and high jump, 3.365 GPA in industrial recreation; Nick Hagemann, New Vienna, IA, hammer throw, 3.415 GPA in physical education; and Bill Gassen, Rapid City, shot put, 3.472 GPA in business.
The men's team placed second at both the indoor and outdoor NCC championships during 2002-03. South Dakota was ninth at the NCAA Division II meet.