Men's Track & Field Receives Academic Honors From USTFCCCA

NEW ORLEANS, La. While Boise State’s men’s track & field team has proven to be a force on the track, it appears to be no slouch in the classroom either as sophomore Zacharias Arnos, senior Jarrod Stevens and junior Simon Wardhaugh were named to the 2008 Men’s Division I All Academic Track & Field team by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Thursday.

In addition to their individual honors, the Boise State men’s track & field team was also recognized by the USTFCCCA for their success in the classroom with a cumulative team GPA of 3.020. To be nominated, the team must carry a minimum 3.000 team cumulative grade-point average.

It was during the outdoor season that Arnos was named to the 2008 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Outdoor Track and Field All-West Region Team after registering a season-best 52-3.25 (15.93m) in the triple jump to finish third at the NCAA West Regional. While competing at the NCAA Championship, Arnos recorded a best-mark of 51-03.75 (15.64m). Despite placing sixth in his flight, the sophomore missed the final cut as he placed 15th out of 22 competitors.

The outdoor season proved well for Stevens, a thrower from Adelaide, Australia, as he was also named to the 2008 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Outdoor Track and Field All-West Region Team after posting a distance of 213-8 (65.14m) in the hammer toss to finish third. Stevens went on to compete at the NCAA Championship where he posted a best mark of 205-06 (62.63m), which was good enough for 16th.

Not to be overshadowed during the spring was Wardhaugh as the thrower hailing from Bracken Ridge, Australia won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 221-1 (67.40m). He achieved the mark on his final toss to win the event by 5-5 (1.66m) over his nearest competitor. His impressive outdoor season came to a close at the NCAA Championship where he finished 15th with a mark of 206-00 (62.87).

The USTFCCCA men's 2008 Division I All-Academic Track and Field team had a record total of 266 student-athletes representing 111 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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