July 26, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn men's track and field team had four student-athletes received various academic distinctions from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) announced this week.
The men's team reported a team grade point average of 3.09 for the 2011-12 school year, programs with a GPA over 3.0 are honored.
Sophomore distance runner Kane Grimster and junior throws competitor Marcus Popenfoose received the honor for the men's team, while senior high jumper Maya Pressley and sophomore hurdler Samantha Scarlett were recognized from the women's squad and were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team.
"At Auburn we make a point of emphasizing both sides of being a student-athlete, academics and also athletics," Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. "I'm really proud of our men's team for having so much success in the classroom, but I'm equally happy for the kids that are being honored individually."
Grimster completed his freshman year with a GPA of 3.58, majoring in pre-journalism. On the track, the native Australian took second place in the mile at the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships in 4:13.19 and placed fourth in the 3000m in 8:14.79. In the outdoor season, Grimster competed in his first Penn Relays, finishing sixth in the mile with a time of 4:07.21.
A mathematics education major, Popenfoose carries a 3.78 GPA. At the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships, Popenfoose placed third in the discus with a mark of 175-7 and fifth in the shot put with a throw of 59-7.5.
Pressley enters her senior year with a 3.36 GPA, majoring in communications. She was named a second-team NCAA All-American in high jump and finished eleventh in the high jump at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a mark of 5-10.5 (1.79m).
Scarlett holds a 3.57 GPA in economics. In her first season with the Tigers, Scarlett was a member of the 4x100m relay team that placed second at the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships, where she also placed ninth in the 100m hurdles at 13.72.
There were a total of 431 males and 676 females named to the All-Academic Teams from schools throughout the country.
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).
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