Feb. 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Seven West Coast Conference (WCC) student-athletes have earned USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic honors, while seven WCC teams have received USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status. BYU led the Conference with three male honorees, one female honoree, and a men's team recognition. Meanwhile, Portland had two men and both the men's and women's teams recognized. Loyola Marymount also earned recognitions for both the men's and women's teams, in additional to a female honoree. San Francisco's men's and women's teams were also honored.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2012. To qualify as a USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.
The seven student-athletes representing the Conference individually include BYU's Natalie Shields (14th place, Mountain Regional), Rex Shields (188th place, NCAA), All-American Tylor Thatcher (34th place, NCAA), and All-American Jared Ward (14th place, NCAA), as well as Portland's All-American Scott Fauble (26th place, NCAA) and Lars Erik Malde (115th place, NCAA), and Loyola Marymount's Sheree Shea (181st place, NCAA).
The West Coast Conference was also well represented on the team side with four men's teams and three women's teams earning All-Academic status. Portland (3.282 GPA) led the charge on the men's side, along with San Francisco (3.19 GPA), Loyola Marymount (3.18 GPA), and BYU (3.16 GPA). Portland (3.514 GPA) also earned top honors on the women's side, in addition to San Francisco (3.43 GPA) and Loyola Marymount (3.29 GPA)
Overall, 67 men, 115 women, 145 men's teams, and 200 women's teams earned USTFCCCA All-American status.