UNM Track & Field Earns Academic Honors from USTFCCCA, Mountain West
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  07/23/2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico men’s and women’s track and field teams were named Division I All-Academic Track & Field teams by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Tuesday, while 13 men and 12 women were awarded individual All-Academic honors.

The Lobos also earned a number of academic accolades at the conference level, too, with 22 women and 16 men selected as Academic All-Mountain West and 26 women and 13 men earning Mountain West Scholar-Athlete nods.

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 3.61, tied for the second-best team GPA in Division I, behind San Francisco’s GPA of 3.63. The women were also led the seven Mountain West programs that earned the honor.

Individually, the Lobos also produced stellar academic results, with a dozen 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 Aasha Marler (3.91 GPA), Charlotte Arter (3.89), Margo Tucker (3.88), Casey Dowling (3.83), Samantha Bowe (3.83), Nicola Hood (3.74), Suzi Boast (3.72), Amber Zimmerman (3.72), Sammy Silva (3.67), Jannell Hadnot (3.36), Tamara Armoush (3.33) and Calli Thackery (3.29).

The 12 individual honors tied for third-most in Division I.

The UNM women also led the Mountain West in the number of individual honorees. The rest of the conference combined for just 17 plaudits.

The men also took home All-Academic honors at the team and individual levels, as they combined for a team GPA of 3.30 GPA with 13 individual recipients.

The men’s team was second in the conference behind Utah State (3.33 team GPA) and tied for the 14th-highest GPA in Division I.

Individually, 13 student-athletes were recognized, including Patrick Zacharias (4.10 GPA), Gabe Aragon (4.06), Yannick Roggatz (3.96), Peter Callahan (3.95), Luke Caldwell (3.94), Jake Shelley (3.84), Elmar Engholm (3.79), Alex Cornwell (3.78), Adam Bitchell (3.56), Reneilwe Aphane (3.48), Logan Pflibsen (3.38), Ross Matheson (3.33) and Kendall Spencer (3.32).

The Lobo men nabbed the third-most individual honorees in Division I as one of just four programs to reach double-digits.

At the conference level, New Mexico also excelled, as 22 women and 16 men were named to the spring 2014 Academic All-Mountain West team, which honors student-athletes that have cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and are significant contributor on their athletic team.

Including the student-athletes that earned the USTFCCCA individual honor, Chris Kline, Markus Miller, Mustafa Mudada and Graham Thomas earned the Academic All-Mountain West certificate on the men’s side.

For the women, Chloe Anderson, Nathalie Busk, Kayla Fisher-Taylor, Kirsten Follett, Emily Heisler, Zoe Howell, Peri Moran, Brittany Myricks, Hannah Riker-Urrutia, Nicole Roberts, Haley Sanner and Holly Van Grinsven joined Armoush, Arter, Boast, Bowe, Hadnot, Hood, Marler, Silva, Tucker and Zimmerman in receiving the conference recognition.

The combined 38 Academic All-Mountain West selections are the most in program history since 2010.

Additionally, 26 women and 13 men earned the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award, which is award to student-athletes that have cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and participated in varsity competition in a Mountain West-sponsored sport.

Earning the award on the men’s side were Aragon, Bitchell, Caldwell, Callahan, Cornwell, Engholm, Kline, Roggatz, Shelley, Thomas, Zacharias, Jordan Farrell and Andres Gonzales.

On the women’s side, Arter, Boast, Follett, Hood, Bowe, Dowling, Heisler, Howell, Marler, Moran, Myricks, Riker-Urrutia,  Silva, Tucker, Zimmerman, Christina Clark, Nancy Holguin, Mackenzie Kerr, Kristen Kientz, Stephanie Mladinich, Lindsay Read, Ashlee Smalley, Heleene Tambet, Sophia Torres, Mia Weaver and Alice Wright were honored.

These recognitions capped off a superb year academically for UNM track & field, as  Caldwell, Aragon and Zacharias earned 2014 Capital One Academic All-America honors last month, with Caldwell also claiming the All-America of the Year award.