Women's Track & Field Receives Academic Honors From USTFCCCA
NEW ORLEANS, La. While there is no question that the Boise State women’s track & field team is a force to be reckoned with on the track, but they prove to be a force in the classroom as well as junior Kayleen McDowell and sophomore Megan Olivetti were named to the 2008 Women’s Division I All Academic Track & Field team by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Wednesday.

In addition to their individual honors, the Boise State women’s track & field team was also recognized by the USTFCCCA for their success in the classroom with a cumulative team GPA of 3.100. To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 team cumulative grade-point average.

During the 2008 outdoor season, McDowell posted a 2:08.88 at the Robinson Invitational, Apr. 26, to earn her NCAA West Regional qualifying standard. While competing at the regional, the sprinter from Forest Grove, Ore., finished the 800m run in the time of 2:11.26 to place 14th.

The outdoor season for Olivetti was one for the record books as she registered a Boise State school-record 13.81 in the 100m hurdles, May 16, to earn an NCAA West Regional qualifying standard. While competing at the regional, she shattered her own school-record with a 13.78 in the women’s 100m hurdles to placed fourth in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals. However, it was in the finals when the Reno, Nev., sprinter shined as she topped her own school-record in the women’s 100m hurdles for the second consecutive day as she posted a time of 13.75 to finish fourth and was named to the 2008 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Outdoor Track and Field All-West Region Team. The sophomore’s record breaking season came to a close at the NCAA Championship where she raced against some of the nations elite in the women’s 100m hurdles, placing seventh in her heat and 20th overall after clocking a time of 13.66.

The USTFCCCA women's 2008 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team had a record total of 468 student-athletes representing 140 Division I institutions. The USTFCCCA is proud to honor Division I individuals for their academic and athletic achievements during the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either the NCAA Division I Indoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard or the NCAA Division I Outdoor regional or national qualifying standard in their respective event.


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