June 1, 2006
University of New Mexico seniors Frank Hemingway and Matt Keeran were named to the first team of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 6 men's track & field/cross country team today. Both men were honored for the first time in their career by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Hemingway (Las Cruces, N.M.) graduated this spring with a 4.04 GPA in Electrical Engineering. The soon-to-be four-time Academic all-Mountain West Conference and three-time MWC Scholar Athlete Award winner was 1 of 320 national Goldwater Scholar recepients in 2005 and a Department of Homeland Security Scholar in 2004.
He also enjoyed his best athletic seasons in 2005-06, appearing in three meets during the cross country season and scoring for the first time in his career in a meet at New Mexico State. Hemingway notched four top-eight finishes, including one victory, in his eight races during the indoor season and was the Lobos' No. 2 runner in the mile. He also helped the distance medley relay team place 6th in his first MWC Championships appearance. During the outdoor season, Hemingway was the team's No. 3 1,500 runner, winning the event at UTEP and placing fourth at USC.
Keeran (Albuquerque, N.M.), meanwhile, posted a 3.68 GPA as he continued to work towards his MBA. The La Cueva High School product earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administation in just three years and will finish his career as a four-time Academic all-MWC honoree and MWC Scholar Athlete Award winner.
The 2005 MWC javelin champion and NCAA Championships qualifier (15th) was a three-time all-conference selection and three-time NCAA Regional Championships qualifier during his career. His season-opening throw of 218' 8" at Arizona was the best under sixth-year head coach Matt Henry and ranked fifth in the Midwest Region. Keeran went on to place seventh at the MWC Championships before ending his season at the regional championship meet.