July 25, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men’s and women’s track and field squads have been named Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while seven women and four men were awarded individual All-Academic honors.
After posting strong finishes at the Mountain West championships both indoors and out, and qualifying athletes to both indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships, the Lobos are now being recognized for their work in the classroom.
The first honor, the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team award, recognizes teams that registered a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher during the academic year.
The UNM women, with a team GPA of 3.47, were one of five Mountain West Schools to earn the honor, and were tops in the conference. The women also tied for the 12th-best GPA out of the 187 Division I institutions that were recognized.
Individually, the Lobos also produced stellar academic results, with seven student-athletes earning USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom.
The individual award is awarded to student-athlete who attain a 3.25 GPA and either finished the regular season indoors ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event (as per the the official NCAA proof-of-performance list) or participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.
For the New Mexico women, seven student-athletes met the criteria, including Imogen Ainsworth (3.78 GPA), Charlotte Arter (3.54), Samantha Bowe (3.54), Amber Menke (3.46), Janna Mitsos (3.43), Josephine Moultrie (3.31) and Margo Tucker (3.75).
Arter and Moultrie participated at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in June to capture their All-Academic honors, while Ainsworth, Menke, Mitsos and Tucker earned their honors via their competition at the NCAA West Preliminary championships in May.
Bowe secured her plaudit after finishing the indoor season ranked 90th in the nation in the heptathlon.
The UNM women also led the Mountain West in the number of individual honorees.
The men also took home All-Academic honors at the team and individual levels, as they combined for a 3.18 GPA with four individual recipients.
The men’s team, which won its first Mountain West Indoor Championships in February, once again led the conference, outpacing the only other men’s team, Colorado State (3.09 GPA), in GPA.
All four saw action at the NCAA West Preliminary championships outdoors, with Caldwell running to USTFCCCA All-American status at the NCAA Championships.
The Lobo men were one of three MW institutions, along with Air Force (5) and Colorado State (4), with at least four individual recipients.
This year marks the first since 2010 that UNM earned any All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. Three years ago, the men’s squad registered at 3.19 GPA and eight individual honorees, while the women’s posted a GPA of 3.35 with eight individual honorees.