USD women’s track, field receives academic team honor

USD women's track, field receives academic team honor
The South Dakota women's track and field team placed a nation-best 18 student-athletes on the 2006 Division II U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Track & Field Team.

The USD women's track and field team was also recognized as one of 49 All-Academic Teams by the USTFCCCA.

USD's total of 18 student-athletes honored by the USTFCCCA is the most by any school in NCAA Division I or II.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) honor individuals and teams for their academic and athletic accomplishments during the indoor and outdoor track seasons. USD received an All-Academic team honor by recording a 3.3 GPA (3.0 GPA – minimum requirement).

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field individual award, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have met the NCAA Division II national qualifying standard in an event.

The USD student-athletes honored included Betsy Blacker, Rapid City, freshman, pre-nursing major, distance medley relay; Katie Cerling, Plymouth, MN, junior, history major, indoor pole vault; Lexi Dunlop, Woodbine, IA, freshman, pre-business major, steeplechase; Amanda Dykstra-Adamson, Yankton, senior, biology/psychology major, 4×100-meter relay; Jenessa Filler, Crooks, freshman, general studies major, 200-meter dash; Stephanie Gebhart, Elkton, junior, psychology, 400-meters; Kaylee Keating, Sioux Falls, senior, elementary education major, 3,000-meter run; Lauren Krell, Sioux Falls, freshman, pre-dental hygiene major, 4×100-meter relay; Kassy Laber, Parkston, senior, business management major, 800-meter run; Mara McGill, Beresford, junior, biology major, heptathlon; Heidi Muellenberg, Redfield, junior, psychology major, 100-meter dash; Aimee Nielsen, Mason City, IA, senior, criminal justice, 3,000-meter run; Meghann Reifenrath, Rock Rapids, IA, senior, political science major, 400-meter dash; Tanya Salter, Fargo, ND, senior, marketing major, high jump; Kiki Smith, junior, Wahpeton, ND, contemporary media and journalism major, 400-meter hurdles; Allie Smith, Wahpeton, ND, freshman, pre-business major, 4×400-meter relay; Amber Stoltenburg, Elkton, senior, psychology major, 4×400-meter relay; and Natalie Stout, Crofton, NE, freshman, elementary education, triple jump.

"We are very proud of our student-athletes' work in the classroom and on the track," said 12th-year USD women's head track and field coach Lucky Huber. "It is especially rewarding to know we had the most student-athletes honored across Division I and II circles. These women set goals which they met and developed a camaraderie which I believe has resulted in each helping the other on and off the field."

Huber's USD women's squad completed its second straight NCC Triple Crown by winning the outdoor track and field title this spring. To win the NCC's Triple Crown, the indoor and outdoor track and field teams and the cross country squad each must win the NCC title in the same year. The USD women's track and field and cross country squads have won seven straight titles.

The recognition by the USTFCCA is another academic honor received recently by the USD women's track and field squad. Reifenrath also received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this summer becoming USD's 11th such recipient since 2000. She is also the sixth USD women's track and field team member to earn an NCAA postgraduate scholarship since 2000.

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