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.