NEW ORLEANS – Maintaining excellence on the track and in the classroom, Jacksonville University women's track and field team was honored as a 2018 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, while four Dolphins were recognized as All-Academic Individuals, as announced Thursday morning by the USTFCCCA.
To be considered an All-Academic Team, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better must be achieved throughout the academic year.
The Dolphins maintained a 3.45 cumulative team GPA for the 2017-18 season – nearing their all-time team GPA of 3.467 set a year ago in the 2016-17 academic year.
To be considered individually for All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must achieve at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA, completed two or more semesters, and have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships – Preliminaries or Finals.
Both pursuing their MBA, senior Michelle Howell (3.81 GPA) and graduate Stormm Phillips (4.0 GPA) have garnered the accolade four times. Howell raced in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Finals and placed 15th to become the first two-time All-American since 2009. Phillips competed in the triple jump at the NCAA East Prelims.
It also marks the third time in junior Jacquelyn Baldwin's career that she has been named All-Academic, as she maintained a 3.49 GPA while majoring in kinesiology, and the second time that junior Brittany Bowald (4.0 GPA in marketing) has been honored.
Bowald and Phillips are two of just 64 women in Division I who achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA for the 2017-18 academic year.