Eight Illini Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
July 25, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Eight Illinois women's track and field athletes were named to the 2012 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Junior Marissa Golliday garnered the honor for the third-consecutive season while sophomore's Amanda Duvendack, Elizabeth Eitzen and Katie Porada picked up the accolade for the second year in a row. Junior's Madeline Aufmann and Courtney Yaeger, sophomore Jesica Ejesieme and freshman Asia Thomas were recognized for their academic and athletic achievements for the first time in their careers.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards; for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Golliday, an advertising major, competed in the 400m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round and set the fourth highest heptathlon score in school history at the Big Ten Championships, while Duvendack who's majoring in biology, ran the 800m at the meet. Both Eitzen (pole vault) and Porada (1,500m) participated in the NCAA West Prelims, scored points for the Orange and Blue at the Big Ten Championships and finished the season ranked in the top-96 in their respective events. All four Illini earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the season.
Aufmann, a media and cinema studies major, took part in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary Round for a second consecutive year, just missing qualifying for the national meet after finishing 13th. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree scored points for the Illini at the Big Ten Championships, setting a new personal-best and finished fifth. Yaeger, who majors in administration, competed in the 10,000m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, after setting the school record in the event earlier in the season at the Stanford Invitational.
Ejesieme, a biology major and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, earned second-team All-American honors in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Championships and finished second (400m hurdles/4x100m relay) and third (100m hurdles) at the Big Ten Championships. Thomas, a kinesiology and community health major, was part of the 4x400m relay that won the Big Ten indoor championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing 11th in the nation.
A total of 676 student-athletes representing 171 institutions were named to the All-Academic Team. The Big Ten led all conferences with 81 accolades, followed by the Big 12 with 76 honorees.