NEW ORLEANS - After wrapping up another successful season, the Lipscomb track and field squad added multiple national academic honors to its 2016-17 haul, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association over the weekend.
The women’s team was named All-Academic after finishing second in the nation with a cumulative GPA of 3.68. The University of San Francisco topped the list for the second year in a row with a 3.80 GPA.
The men also earned All-Academic status by finishing in third place in the nation with a 3.48 cumulative GPA, close behind the overall leader New Mexico at 3.53.
Each team’s mark was the highest in the ASUN. Eight ASUN squads were selected in total.
On the women’s side, junior Kacey Kemper was named an individual honoree, while senior Wayne Newman and junior Juan Gonzalez earned the distinction for the men.
The three Bisons were among 16 total ASUN student-athletes honored.
To receive the honor, a student-athlete must have compiled a 3.25 GPA and achieved one of two athletic-related accomplishments. 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 in a relay event. For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships, which includes the preliminary rounds.
"I'm really proud of our men and women,” Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor said. “They put in a lot of hard work to achieve great things athletically and academically. They take great pride in our academic honors, and obviously they have achieved another amazing result.
"We have been ranked in the top 5 nationally more years than not since I came to Lipscomb. It doesn't get old. These athletes prove year after year you really can be a 'student-athlete' and excel at both."