Cougars receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

Kyle Chilton | Posted: 6 Mar 2021 | Updated: 6 Mar 2021
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PROVO, Utah – Twenty-three BYU track and field athletes received All-Academic honors when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) released its 2020 track and field academic awards on Thursday.

The men’s team had the second-most honorees of all men’s teams in NCAA Division I with 14 while the women’s team added nine recipients. Both the women’s and men’s teams were named USTFCCCA All-Academic teams after each finished the 2019-20 academic year with cumulative GPAs of 3.42 and 3.36 and, respectively. This marks the third-straight season earning All-Academic Team honors for both the men and the women.

Ten of the men and four of the women are repeat honorees. Clark Brown, Talem Franco and Jacob Heslington are four-time honorees while Garrett Marsing, Brian Matthews, Matt Owens, Connor Weaver, Colton Yardley, Lauren Ellsworth and Elise Romney are three-time honorees.

The following criteria are used to determine Division I Track & Field All-Academic Athletes:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, certifiable by either NCAA Faculty Rep or NCAA Compliance Coordinator or Registrar’s Office. Institutions utilizing a different GPA scale must convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale using the standard conversion method [GPA/Scale x 4.0].
  • Must have completed at least two (2) semesters or three (3) quarters at the nominating institution.
  • Athletic criteria for the award: Must have finished the season ranked in the top 96 for the indoor season in any championship individual event, or in the top 48 in any championship relay event, for the most recent indoor season, certifiable by their place on the NCAA Division I descending order lists on TFRRS for Indoor Track and Field (including performances achieved outside the qualifying window during the indoor season).

The following criteria are used to determine Division I Track & Field All-Academic Teams:

  • The cumulative GPA (not 2019-20 academic year, not semester) for all student-athletes on the institution’s NCAA Squad List for Indoor and/or Outdoor Track and Field must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, including the most recent grading period, certifiable by either NCAA Faculty Rep or NCAA Compliance Coordinator or Registrar’s Office. Institutions utilizing a different GPA scale must convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale using the standard conversion method [GPA/Scale x 4.0].

The full release of the USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals and teams can be found on ustfccca.org.

USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees – BYU Men
Name Major Years Honored by USTFCCCA
Michael Bluth Information Systems 2019, 2020
Clark Brown Entrepreneurial Management 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Blake Ellis Exercise Science 2019, 2020
Talem Franco Microbiology 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Jacob Heslington Mechanical Engineering 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Conner Kennedy Marketing 2020
Garrett Marsing Exercise Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Brian Matthews Finance 2018, 2019, 2020
Zach McWhorter Economics 2020
Matt Owens Exercise & Wellness 2018, 2019, 2020
Dallin Vorkink Exercise Science 2020
Connor Weaver Psychology 2018, 2019, 2020
Caleb Witsken Exercise Science 2020
Colten Yardley Manufacturing Engineering Technology 2018, 2019, 2020
USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees – BYU Women
Name Major Years Honored by USTFCCCA
Alena Ellsworth Exercise & Wellness 2019, 2020
Lauren Ellsworth Exercise & Wellness 2016, 2019, 2020
Halley Folsom Exercise Science 2020
Aubrey Frentheway Mathematics Education Premajor 2020
Haley Johnston Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation 2020
Sophie Lasswell Open 2020
Elise Romney Exercise Science 2018, 2019, 2020
Claire Seymour Exercise Science 2018, 2020
Cierra Tidwell Biology 2020

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