MADISON, WI (PRESS RELEASE) - A total of six student-athletes from the University of Wisconsin women's track and field program have been recognized for academic and athletic excellence with selection to the 2009 All-Academic Track and Field Team, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Five of the Badgers' selections are repeat honorees, with three student-athletes earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the third time in their careers.
Headlining the honorees is the senior trio of Sarah Hurley, Gwen Jorgensen and Amy Lewis, who each earned a spot on the All-Academic Team for the third-consecutive season.
Between the three, Hurley, Jorgensen and Lewis combined to earn Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors a total of 16 times during the careers. In addition, Hurley is a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, while Jorgensen earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors this season.
Also earning spots on the USTFCCCA team are junior Chavon Robinson and sophomore Egle Staisiunaite, who both picked up All-Academic laurels for the second straight year. Senior Maggie Collison is a first-time selection. All three also were Academic All-Big Ten picks this season.
"I'm extremely proud of what this group has accomplished, not only this season but throughout their careers," UW head coach Jim Stintzi said. "These are not only some of our most accomplished athletes on the track, but a group that has really taken advantage of the outstanding academic opportunities we have at the University of Wisconsin, as well."
The USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team honors NCAA Division I student-athletes for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Indoor Championships automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.
A record total of 531 student-athletes representing 146 Division I institutions composed the women's 2009 All-Academic team.
2009 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
- Maggie Collison, senior, medical microbiology and immunology
- Sarah Hurley, senior, political science
- Gwen Jorgensen, graduate student, accounting
- Amy Lewis, senior, history and religious studies
- Chavon Robinson, junior, human development and family studies
- Egle Staisiunaite, sophomore, undeclared
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