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The UCSD track and field program contributed 26 student-athletes to the CCAA Spring All-Academic Team.

League-High 39 Tritons Named CCAA Spring All-Academic


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SAN RAMON, Calif. - The University of California San Diego produced a league-high 39 student-athletes named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Spring All-Academic as the conference announced its selections Friday.

To earn the honor, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 GPA or better, be at least a sophomore athletically, and have been an active member of a CCAA spring sport (baseball, men's golf, softball, track and field).

The UC San Diego women's track and field program contributed 15 Tritons to the list. Men's track and field had 11, baseball had six, softball had five and men's golf had two.

Twenty Tritons are repeat selections, including Merin Arft (track and field), Kendall Baker (softball), Casey Buck (track and field), Luis Carson (track and field), Jackie Chalmers (track and field), Mandy Che (track and field), Taylor Eljenholm (track and field), Justin Flatt (baseball), Khalil Flemister (track and field), Selena Friedman (track and field), Michaela King (track and field), Mateusz Kucz (golf), Cameron Kurz (baseball), Sam Ozenbaugh (track and field), Michael Palos (baseball), Kristin Semancsin (track and field), Tim Schmidt (track and field), Valerie Stark (track and field), Devin Stetson (track and field), and Joel Wermter (golf).

Chalmers, Eljenholm, Ozenbaugh, and Schmidt are now three-time awardees.

League-wide, 318 student-athletes were tabbed 2017 CCAA Spring All-Academic. UCSD's 39 honorees topped the 13-member contingent, just edging out Chico State's 38. Cal State San Marcos rounded out the top three with 29 picks.

It is the second-straight year that UC San Diego has led the CCAA in Spring All-Academic selections.

Also in 2016-17, UC San Diego had 33 student-athletes named CCAA Fall All-Academic as well as nine Winter All-Academic honorees, bringing the institution's yearly total to 81.

The CCAA's seasonal academic awards were created prior to the 2014-15 season. The conference will also select an overall All-Academic team later in the summer. 

Justin Flatt Jr. Biochemistry Walnut Creek
Cameron Kurz So. Human Biology Encinitas
Kyle Lucke So. Physiology & Neuroscience El Dorado Hills
Preston Mott So. Pharmacological Chemistry Clovis
Michael Palos Jr. Human Biology Monterey Park
J.T. Williams Jr. International Business Eagle, Idaho
Mateusz Kucz Jr. Economics Poznan, Poland
Joel Wermter So. Human Biology Camarillo
Kendall Baker Jr. Human Development Berthoud, Colo.
Lauren Brown So. Political Science San Diego
Maddy Lewis So. Communication Studies Alameda
Rachel Phillips Jr. Psychology Rancho Santa Margarita
Caitlyn Weisner So. Communication Studies San Jose
Men's Track & Field      
Joseph Benrubi So. Economics Laguna Beach
Samuel Blake So. Mathematics Campbell
Garrett Boulais So. Mathematics Burbank
Luis Carson Jr. Biochemistry Chula Vista
Khalil Flemister Sr. Communication Studies Compton
Justin Hunter Jr. International Studies Laguna Niguel
Paul Koenig So. International Studies Seaside
Joshua Makieve Jr. Mathematics Rocklin
Sam Ozenbaugh Sr. Mechanical Engineering Poway
Nevin Sarao So. Biochemistry San Diego
Tim Schmidt Sr. Communication Studies Chino Hills
Women's Track & Field      
Merin Arft Jr. Economics Claremont
Casey Buck Sr. Human Development San Jose
Karina Carstens So. International Studies Exeter
Jackie Chalmers Sr. Physiology & Neuroscience Santa Rosa
Mandy Che Jr. Human Biology San Francisco
Taylor Eljenholm Sr. Communication Studies Laguna Niguel
Selena Friedman Jr. Psychology Santa Cruz
Michaela King Jr. Mathematics Laguna Niguel
Christa Kloha So. Media San Diego
Kailyn Scott So. Structural Engineering La Verne
Kristin Semancsin Jr. Chemical Engineering San Diego
Valerie Stark Jr. Human Biology Fountain Valley
Devin Stetson Jr. Human Biology Corona
Helen Tade So. Environmental Systems San Gabriel
Kelly Weldon So. Biochemistry Simi Valley

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