ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four University of New Mexico track and field student-athletes were named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Track/Cross Country District 7 Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Men's student-athletes Gabe Aragon, Luke Caldwell and Patrick Zacharias joined women's student-athlete Margo Tucker in earning All-District honors Thursday, which increases UNM's total number of All-District recipients in the 2013-14 school year to an unprecedented 17 student-athletes.
Aragon, a graduate student from Albuquerque, earned his second-straight All-District selection, holding a 4.0 GPA through his first year pursuing a master's degree in business administration. He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team for Division I men’s track and field/cross country last year.
Additionally, Aragon was a four-time Academic All-Mountain West recipient from 2010-13, and was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete from 2010-11 and again in 2013.
While running for the Lobos, Aragon was part of a distance medley relay (DMR) team that earned First Team All-American status from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in 2011.
He is a two-time MW champion across 800-meters, winning indoors in 2012 and outdoors earlier this month. He was selected to additional All-Mountain West Indoor teams, including in 2011 in the DMR and in 2013 in the 4x400 meter relay.
Caldwell, hailing from Betchworth, England, just completed his second year pursuing a Master of Science in physics, owning a 3.92 GPA. He is a five-time USTFCCCA First-Team All-American and was named Mountain West Men's Indoor Student-Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and the Mountain West Men's Outdoor Student-Athlete of the Year in 2013.
He is an nine-time MW champion during his two years running cross-country and track for UNM, making him the only track athlete in MW history with as many titles.
He owns the the school and conference record of 13 minutes, 34.54 seconds in the indoor 5000 and is the school record holder in outdoor 5000 (13:29.94).
He was also selected to the Academic All-Mountain West team in 2012 and 2013, and was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete in 2013.
Zacharias, a senior from Albuquerque, is majoring in biology and carries a 4.03 GPA. He is a two-time Mountain West Academic All-Conference honoree (2012-13) and was named Mountain West Scholar-Athlete in 2013.
Zacharias was also selected to the All-Mountain West Outdoor Team in 2013 (5000-meter run) and 2014 (5000 and 10000) and to the All-Mountain West Indoor team in 2014 (3000 and 5000).
In cross-country, he was named to the USTFCCCA All-Mountain Region Team (2012 & 2013) and as First-Team All-Mountain West (2012 & 2013).
Tucker, a senior out of Valparaiso, Ind., has a 3.90 GPA and is majoring in anthropology. From 2011-13, she was named Academic All-Mountain West and a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete.
She is the 2014 Mountain West champion in the indoor pole vault and holds the school record holder in the outdoor pole vault at 13 feet, 3 ¾ inches. She was part of the 2013 All-Mountain West Outdoor team, as well.
The group’s selections mark the third straight year that the UNM track and cross-country squads have earned Academic All-District selections. Last year, Aragon, Thomas Trujillo and Imogen Ainsworth were selected to the Academic All-District 7 team, with Sarah Waldron earning the honor in 2012.
Aragon, Caldwell, Zacharias and Tucker are also the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th All-District selections this year for UNM as a whole, setting a new school record. The previous best was 16, set last year.
All four are now in contention to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in June.
The Lobos — including all three men’s Academic All-District honorees — are competing in the NCAA West Preliminary championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., through Saturday as UNM looks to advance athletes to the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.