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ETSU Track & Field athletes well represented on All-Academic teams

Staff Report • Jul 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

NEW ORLEANS – A host of East Tennessee State track & field student-athletes

garnered All-Academic individual honors while the women’s track & field

team took home an All-Academic team honor, the United States Track & Field

and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Wednesday.

ETSU is one of only a handful of Atlantic Sun institutions with

student-athletes being selected to the USTFCCCA all-academic team and also

having a women’s track & field team gaining an all-Academic team accolade.

For the men, rising senior Tyler

Stepp earned the honor with a 3.47 cumulative grade point

average in interdisciplinary studies on top of a stellar athletic season in

which he advanced to the NCAA Championships and notched second-team All-America


A trio of ETSU women was also selected to the All-Academic team including Courtney Kinlaw, Verena Tobis and Keturah Williams.

Kinlaw, who carried a 3.40 cumulative GPA in kinesiology, and Williams, who

earned a 3.53 GPA in art, were both members of the women’s record-breaking

4x100 meter relay team that advanced to the NCAA Championships, propelling each

to honorable mention All-America honors.

Tobis garnered her individual honor with a 4.00 GPA in mass communications

along with a solid athletic season as well. The freshman grabbed a gold medal

in the javelin and a silver in the discus at the 2013 A-Sun Outdoor

Championships and most recently competed in the German National Championships

23U division where she recorded an eighth-place mark of 44.10 meters.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a 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 performance 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).

A total of 448 student-athletes were named to the All-Academic squad.

The women’s track & field team received its honor by registering a 3.37

cumulative team GPA. To be eligible for USTFCCCA All-Academic status, teams

must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

As a whole, 187 Division I programs achieved All-Academic status. Arkansas

was named the Scholar Team of the Year for the indoor season, while Central

Florida was honored as the Scholar Team of the Year for the outdoor season.

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