University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Track programs, tow freshmen earn national academic acclaim

The University of North Dakota women’s and men’s track and field programs owned grade point averages that ranked among the nation’s highest in 2012-13, while a pair of freshmen earned individual academic honors in an announcement made by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

UND’s women’s track and field team recorded a collective grade point average of 3.599 this past season, ranking it second among all Division I women’s track and field programs. Only Wofford College (3.61) boasted a higher GPA in the nation. The UND men ranked seventh nationally with a 3.347 GPA.

As a result of their academic achievement, both UND’s men’s and women’s programs were named 2013 Division All-Academic Track & Field Teams by the USTFCCCA.

Additionally, UND freshmen Jayd Eggert (Minot, N.D.) and D’Monte Farley (Cottage Grove, Minn.) were named to the USTFCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Eggert earned USA Track and Field All-America honors as a freshman after placing fourth in the javelin and the U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships in June. Farley also nabbed USA Track and Field All-America honors after finishing eighth in the triple jump at the same meet.