NEW ORLEANS - The UC San Diego track and field programs had eight student-athletes earn 2014 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors, the organization announced Tuesday.
In addition, both the UCSD men’s and women’s squads were recognized as a 2014 Division II All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA for having a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.00 or higher.
Jackie Chalmers (3.72, physiology and neuroscience major), Chantia Justice (3.62, psychology), Anneke Kakebeen (3.26, biochemistry/chemistry), Haley Libuit (3.34, human development), Lauren Lopez (3.42, nanoengineering) and Kristin Sato (3.45, pre-human development) were included among 422 women from 99 programs. UCSD and Cal State Stanislaus jointly had the most honorees among California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) schools.
Justice, Rosser and Sato were repeat honorees from 2013. The other five Tritons are all first-timers. UCSD had seven individual representatives in both 2012 and 2013 after three, six and 10 over the previous three years, respectively, since 2009.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic distinction, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and achieved an automatic or provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in the indoor or outdoor season.
The women posted a GPA of 3.14 to become one of 105 teams recognized. Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Humboldt State and San Francisco State joined UCSD from the CCAA. Saint Leo (FL) produced the top mark at 3.68.
The Triton men came in at a 3.04 GPA among 50 squads that qualified. Cal State Stanislaus was the only other CCAA member, with Sioux Falls (SD) having the highest combined GPA in Division II at 3.55.
Both the Triton men’s and women’s teams were rewarded for the fourth successive year and sixth time in the last seven.