Track Stars Receive Academic Honor

DENTON (08/11/08) Six track and field athletes were named to the All-Academic U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association team this past week. Shayla Hart, Keisha Hornsby, Chrystal Mitchell, Rachael Runnels, Alana Tyler and Montrel Pyron represented North Texas well not only on the track but also in the classroom.

“I am really proud of what this group has been able to accomplish, both on the track, and in the classroom,” Track and Field head coach Rick Watkins said. “This is a very good academic institution, and to come away with such a high GPA, along with competing at the national level, I think shows their dedication to excellence in whatever they do.”

Hart placed first in the 4x400 Meter Relay (1:25.90) at the Texas Tech Tech Invite and was also first at the SBC Championships in the 4x400 Yard Relay (3:47.60). Hornsby finished sixth at the SBC Championships in the DM Relay (12:46.66). Mitchell also finished first twice, once in the 4x400 Meter Relay at the Texas Tech Invite and also at the SBC Championships in the 4x440 Yard Relay. Runnels placed second twice, once at the Texas Tech Invite in the 55 Meters (7.22) and also the 200 Meters (24.62). Tyler was also successful in Lubbock with a first-place finish in the Weight Throw (52-08.25).

Pyron, the lone male, had a season-best third place finish at the Texas Tech Invite when he finished with a time of 1:25.56 in the 600 Yards race.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA 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.



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