Broncos Named USTFCCCA All-Academic
July 28, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the men and women who earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2015-16 track and field season on Friday, and eight Bronco student-athletes were recognized; five women and three men.

To be eligible for nomination, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters at their current institutions while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

The athletic criteria could have been met in either the indoor or outdoor season. For the indoor season, student-athletes must have finished the season ranked in the top 96 in any championship individual event or the top 48 in any championship relay event. The outdoor season required student-athletes to have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The women’s distance trio of Allie Ostrander, Brenna Peloquin and Minttu Hukka led the way for the Broncos with perfect 4.0 GPA’s. Ostrander and Hukka are both majoring in kinesiology while Peloquin is a health science studies major.

Tansey Lystad, a graduate student who will graduate with a master’s degree in athletic leadership, wasn’t far behind with a 3.97. Courtney Hutchinson was the last Bronco on the women’s side to make the list with a 3.48. She is working towards a degree in kinesiology.

The men were represented by David Elliott, Jeff Lautenslager and Andrew Rafla. Elliott recently graduated with a degree in finance after finishing his collegiate career with a 3.72 GPA. Lautenslager is majoring in graphic design and possesses a 3.45, and Rafla has a 3.51 and is working towards a degree in computer science.

The women’s and men’s teams also were recipients of the team USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. To be eligible for the team honor, each team must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The women received the honor thanks to a 3.35, while the men also made the cut with a 3.15.

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