Track & field earns team, individual USTFCCCA academic awards
Thursday, July 26, 2018
By Logan Butts
Track & field earns team, individual USTFCCCA academic awards

NEW ORLEANS – The Lipscomb track and field squad is adding another batch of awards to the 2018 trophy cabinet as both the men’s and women’s teams and a trio of individuals were honored with All-Academic awards by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.

For the second consecutive year, the women’s team finished with the second-best GPA in all of Division I with a cumulative mark of 3.72, an improvement on last year’s 3.68 GPA. They placed behind San Francisco (3.76) for the second year in a row.

The men’s team finished with the highest cumulative GPA in Division I with a mark of 3.53.

They improved on their 3.48 GPA of last season, and moved up two spots from a third-place ranking on last season’s list. Marist also notched a 3.53 GPA on the men's side. 

Both teams had the highest mark in the ASUN. Eight total teams from the conference were selected.

Recently graduated Wayne Newman earned his third straight USTFCCCA All-Academic nod. The former track star accumulated a 4.0 GPA while earning a graduate business degree.

Newman won his ASUN record-breaking fourth Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for his outdoor performance this past season.

Upcoming juniors Ryan Speer and Courtney Brenner earned their first USTFCCCA All-Academic nods.

Brenner had a 4.0 GPA as a Dietetics major, while Speer compiled a 3.81 mark as a Corporate Management major.

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.