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Badgers trio earns academic recognition

MADISON, WI (PRESS RELEASE) - A trio of student-athletes from the University of Wisconsin men'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 Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Each of the Badgers' three selections are repeat honorees, with juniors Jack Bolas, Jacob Fritz and Rory Linder earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the second-consecutive season.

The group has combined combined to earn Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors a total of eight times, while Bolas also was named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American this season.

All three also were NCAA Mideast Regional qualifiers this season, and Bolas competed in both the NCAA Indoor Championships and NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well.

"It's great to have student-athletes who were successful on the track also be recognized for all of their hard work in the classroom," UW head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "I'm proud of these three for taking advantage of all the opportunities the University of Wisconsin has to offer academically."

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 327 student-athletes representing 107 Division I institutions made up the men's 2009 All-Academic team.

2009 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

Jack Bolas, junior, zoology

Jacob Fritz, junior, electrical engineering Rory Linder, junior, business

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Brian Mason

Athletic Communications Assistant

University of Wisconsin

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