Cameron Muh | Posted: 27 Jul 2021 | Updated: 13 Aug 2021

Cougars receive USTFCCCA All-Academic honors

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PROVO, Utah – Forty-six BYU track and field athletes received All-Academic honors when the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) released its 2021 track and field academic awards.

The men’s team totaled 27 honorees while the women’s team added 19 recipients of their own. Both the women’s and men’s teams were named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams after each finished the 2020-21 academic year with cumulative GPAs of 3.37 and 3.2, respectively. This marks the fourth-straight season earning All-Academic Team honors for both the men and the women.

Seven of the men and six of the women are repeat honorees. Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes, Garrett Marsing, Matt Owens, Connor Weaver and Colten Yardley are four-time honorees while Alena Ellsworth, Claire Seymour and Michael Bluth are three-time honorees.

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

  • Minimum CUMULATIVE grade point average 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:
    • For the indoor season: must have finished the season ranked in the top 96 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 final season performance lists on TFRRS for Indoor Track and Field (including performances achieved outside the qualifying window during the indoor season).
    • For the outdoor season: must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships (the Preliminary Championship Competition and/or the Final Championship Competition) or for the multi-events, must have finished the season ranked in the top 48 in the East or top 48 in the West for the most recent outdoor season, certifiable by their place on the NCAA Division I descending order lists on TFRRS for Outdoor Track and Field.

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

  • The cumulative GPA (not 2020-21 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 cumulative GPA of all student-athletes on the institution’s NCAA Squad List for Indoor and/or Outdoor Track and Field must be computed by the following method:
  • Total the cumulative number of semester hours or quarter hours earned for all student-athletes on the NCAA Squad List, including the most recent grading period;
  • Total the cumulative number of quality points (GPA multiplied by the number of credit hours) earned by all student-athletes on the NCAA Squad List, including the most recent grading period;
  • Divide the cumulative number of quality points earned by the cumulative number of semester or quarter hours earned.

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

USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees – BYU Women
Name Major Years Honored by USTFCCCA
Payge Jauhiainen Exercise & Wellness 2021
Meri Dunford Mathematics Education Premajor 2021
Alena Ellsworth Nursing 2019, 2020, 2021
Lauren Ellsworth-Barnes Nursing 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
Halley Folsom Walker Exercise Science 2020, 2021
Aubrey Frentheway Mathematics Education Premajor 2020, 2021
Olivia Hoj Simister Public Administration 2021
Kate Hunter Exercise Science 2021
Meghan Hunter Communication Disorders 2021
Haley Johnston Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation 2020, 2021
McKenna Lee Hansen Strategic Management 2021
Anna Martin Open-Major 2021
Isabel Neal Exercise Science 2021
Elizabeth Parkinson Computer Science 2021
Hannah Richardson Biology 2021
Ashton Riner Communication Disorders 2021
Claire Seymour Exercise Science 2018, 2020, 2021
Cierra Tidwell-Allphin Biology 2020
Mayci Torgerson Open-Major 2021
USTFCCCA All-Academic Honorees – BYU Men
Name Major Years Honored by USTFCCCA
Easton Allred Neuroscience 2021
Elijah Armstrong Communications 2021
Cameron Bates Physical Education Teaching/Coaching 2021
Michael Bluth Information Systems 2019, 2020, 2021
Lucas Bons Mechanical Engineering Pre-Professional 2021
Nathan Burnett Computer Engineering 2021
Ethan Cannon Exercise & Wellness 2021
Casey Clinger Pre-Business 2021
Dallin Draper Open-Major 2021
Zack Ericksen Finance 2021
Talem Franco Microbiology 2021
Nathan Kay Pre-Business 2021
Conner Mantz Mechanical Engineering 2021
Garrett Marsing Exercise Science 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Landon Maxfield Open-Major 2021
Zach McWhorter Pre-Business 2020, 2021
Michael Ottesen Mechanical Engineering 2021
Matt Owens Exercise & Wellness 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Cortez Ruiz Russian 2021
Clayson Shumway Economics 2021
Andrew Stuart Nutritional Science 2021
Aidan Troutner Open-Major 2021
Jacob Veres Actuarial Science 2021
Dallin Vorkink Exercise Science 2021
Connor Weaver Psychology 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Caleb Witsken Exercise Science 2020, 2021
Colten Yardley Manufacturing Engineering Technology 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

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