DENTON, Texas (7/14/09) – In addition to their success during the season four members of the North Texas track & field team were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and were rewarded by being selected to the women’s 2009 Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team.
Christal Brewster (Junior-Pole Vaulter), Shayla Hart (Senior-Sprinter), Brittani Simmons (Sophomore-Sprinter) and Alana Tyler (Senior-Thrower) joined the other record-breaking 526 student-athletes representing 146 Division I institutions. North Texas was the lone member of the Sun Belt Conference to have at least one representative.
“The demands that are placed on student-athletes, especially during the season, are big,” North Texas track & field head coach Rick Watkins said. “For these young ladies to compete at the national level in their event and still maintain a high GPA through all the travel, training and community service, it says a lot about their character. Credit needs to go to Tawa Dortch, our academic advisor, and to all our academic advisors for all the help they give our student-athletes. We have a great academic support system at North Texas.”
In order to qualify for the USTFCCCA Division I Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.
Brewster set the school record in the pole vault (12-07.50) in 2009 and was the runner-up at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships. She also qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regionals where she placed ninth.
Hart finished her senior campaign as a member of the 4X400 relay team that won the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championship and was seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Simmons was the runner up in the 200-meters at both the Indoor and Outdoor Sun Belt Conference Championships. She also qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and ran on the 4X400 relay team that finished seventh at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Tyler, who set the school record in the hammer throw (180-05), was the runner-up in the same event at the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Championships.