USD athletes earn academic honors

USD athletes earn academic honors For the ninth time in 10 years, The University of South Dakota Women's Track and Field Team has received Academic All-American Team status from the United States Track Coaches Association (USCTA). South Dakota recorded its best-ever team grade point average with a 3.33 for the 2003-04 academic year. A team must carry a grade point average above 3.00 to be considered for team academic All-America status.

In addition, a school record total of 16 USD student-athletes earned individual All-American status.

"We are extremely proud of this outstanding accomplishment by the women's track team," said USD head women's coach Lucky Huber, who earlier this spring was named the NCAA Division II National Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year. "This is a tribute to their hard work both on and off the field. It is important to emphasize the outstanding efforts that these women have made to academic and athletic success."

To earn individual Academic All-American status, student-athletes must have provisionally qualified for nationals while maintaining a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

The USD All-Americans included Susan Chamberlain, senior, shot put, Earling, IA; Jamie Davis, senior, pole vault, Colton; Amanda Dykstra, junior, 4×100 meter relay, Yankton; Emily Fox, senior, indoor and outdoor 4×400-meter relay and 400 meters, Sioux Falls; Wesleigh Hardy, freshman, 800 meters, Spearfish; Sarah Hoffman, senior, heptathlon, Mitchell; Kassandra Laber, sophomore, 4×400-meter relay, Parkston; Mara McGill, freshman, heptathlon, Beresford; Marci Miller, junior, pole vault, Rapid City; Heidi Muellenberg, freshman, 4×400 meter relay, Redfield; Kassidi Myrick, junior, hammer throw, Winner; Aimee Nielsen, sophomore, 3,000 meters, Mason City, IA; Meghan Reifenrath, sophomore, 4×400-meter relay, Rock Rapids, IA; Laura Schmitz, junior, indoor 800 meters, Jefferson; Courtney Tritle, senior, 4×100 meter relay; and Brianne Edwards, senior, long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles, and heptathlon, Spearfish.

The women's team, which captured the North Central Conference Outdoor title this spring, placed 10th overall (23 points) at the NCAA Outdoor Division II Track and Field Championships this spring in Walnut, CA. At that championship, Edwards became the 14th individual national champion at USD by capturing the heptathlon title.

At the indoor championships at Boston, MA, this winter, the women's team finished seventh with 22 points.

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