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Seven Tech Athletes Named All-Academic

Texas Tech placed seven student-athletes on the Division I USTFCCCA All-Academic list.

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July 25, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track and field program continued its tradition of combining elite performance on the track as well as in the classroom as seven athletes earned national Division I All-Academic status Wednesday.

The All-Academic list is awarded annually by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the top athletes from across the country who display excellence on both the track and in the classroom.

"I'm just tremendously proud that we were represented so well academically," Texas Tech head coach Wes Kittley said. "I'm so proud of our academic support staff. It's just a statement about Texas Tech and the commitment we make to our academics and graduating our athletes. I'm just really proud."

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic award, athletes must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average while also meeting athletic standards during either the indoor or outdoor track and field seasons.

Six Lady Raiders appeared on the 2012 All-Academic list including, Erica Alexander, Devin Bailey, Kelly Closse, Terra Evans, Ifeatu Okafor and Shade Weygandt. Meanwhile, freshman Killian Barry represented the Red Raiders by also earning All-Academic status.

Athletes who qualify based on the indoor season must have finished the year ranked in the top-96 in their individual event or have ranked in the top-48 as a member of a relay team. Meanwhile to qualify during the outdoor season, athletes must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships which includes both the regional preliminary rounds and the finals held at Drake University.

The seven All-Academic honors capped of a year in which Texas Tech combined for a total of 22 All-Americans during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.



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