Schweizer Named USTFCCCA Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year, Men’s & Women’s Teams’ Receive All-Academic Team Honor
12 from Mizzou earn All-Academic Individual Recognition
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Mizzou Track & Field program was well represented in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic Awards, announced by the organization on Thursday and Friday. Junior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) was named the NCAA D-I Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year, while the men’s and women’s program’s both earned the All-Academic team honor and 12 student-athletes were named All-Academic Individuals.
The All-Academic team award is given to programs with at least a 3.00 cumulative team grade-point-average (GPA). Both men’s and women’s program’s earned the highest GPA of all SEC teams, with the men checking in at 3.27 and the women at 3.49. Since the award's inception in 1995-96, the women's team has received the award every season.
In order to be named an All-Academic Individual, a student-athlete must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA requirement and either be ranked nationally at the end of the indoor season or have participated in the NCAA Division I Championships for the outdoor season.
Schweizer, who maintains a 3.373 GPA in Health Sciences, earned All-Academic Individual honors for the third consecutive season and became the first Mizzou student-athlete to be honored as a Track Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was also named the USTFCCCA Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year in February. On the track, Schweizer captured national titles in the indoor 5000m run and outdoor 5000m run, becoming the fourth female in NCAA history to complete the distance triple crown (cross country, indoor 5000m and outdoor 5000m national titles).
In total, 12 student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Individual list, including five for the second time. SeniorOllie Lockley (Colby, Isle of Man), senior Luca Russo (Kent, England), senior Sandrae Farquharson (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica), redshirt sophomore Jamie Kempfer (Festus, Mo.) and senior Valerie Thames (Milwaukee, Wis.) all earned the honor for the second consecutive year.
In June, 52 student-athletes from the Mizzou Track & Field team were placed on the 2017 Spring SEC Honor Roll and six were named to the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll.
USTFCCCA Announces Academic Awards for Track and Field
NEW ORLEANS (July, 28, 2017) - The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) put a bow on the 2016-17 track and field season by announcing their All-Academic teams and individuals this afternoon. Both the Mules and Jennies were awarded as teams, and 21 individuals received All-Academic recognition.
In order to qualify as an All-Academic team, institutions must have at least a 3.00 cumulative team GPA. The Central Missouri men finished the year with a 3.20 team GPA while the women earned a 3.49 GPA. Across Division II, there were 191 total teams honored and 71 earned the award on both the men's and women's side.
Individuals needed to reach a 3.25 cumulative GPA and qualify either provisionally or automatically for the NCAA Championships during either the indoor or outdoor season. A total of 301 men and 471 women were named All-Academic individuals. The Mules had eight earn the honor while 13 Jennies made the list:
Jan Jansky (Pole Vault)
Jace Kaleikau (Hammer Throw)
Dalton Lewallen (Shot Put)
Nathan Liby (Hammer Throw)
Jacob Randle (4x400m relay)
Elias Roelfsema (Heptathlon)
Chris Swearingin (Javelin)
Jacob Weber (4x400m relay)
Laia Gonzalez (4x400m relay)
Kymmalett Ross (100m)
Kaylee VanBlarcum (Pole Vault)
Brittany Kallenberger (Pole Vault, High Jump)
Hannah VanBuskirk (High Jump)
Cassidy Harris (Pentathlon, Heptathlon)
Emily Thole (400m, 4x400m relay)
Hannah Becker (Pentathlon, Heptathlon)
Callie Ruffener (Pole Vault)
Victoria Jackson (Heptathlon)
Amy Dorge (Discus)
Katie Cassidy (High Jump, Long Jump, Pentathlon, 4x400m relay, 400m hurdles, Heptathlon)
Kailey Fuchs (800m, 400m, 4x400m relay)