TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007
Track and Field earns sixth straight USTFCCCA All-Academic team honor

July 10, 2007

The JU track and field team can add another accolade to its long list of program accomplishments as the Dolphins earned their sixth consecutive U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team honor on Tuesday.

The Dolphins, who won both the Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships for the second straight year, earned the honor after posting a 3.046 grade point average for the 2006-07 academic year.

"Over 70% of our team had yearly GPAs above a 3.0," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "This is a testament to their individual and collective desires to achieve in all aspects of their university lives. Casey Cohen and JoAnne Clifford have both done superb jobs with the advising of our student-athletes beginning with the recruiting process and continuing straight through until graduation."

Individually, sophomore Natasha Harvey earned a spot of the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for the second consecutive year, while freshman Alison Ritter was also named to the All-Academic team. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, one must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and obtain an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying mark for the most recent indoor championships or an outdoor regional qualifying mark in their respective event.

"Natasha and Ali are indicative of the values our entire program strives to achieve," said Grigg. "They have achieved at the upper levels of our sport and in our classrooms. They are the embodiment of team leadership."